NUGA Games: NCDC/Lagos Ministry of Health Visits the University of Lagos

A Joint Visitation Team from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Lagos State Ministry of Health paid a courtesy visit to the University on Monday, 28 February 2022.

The Team led by the Head, Communications, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Yahya Disu was in the University to check the University’s preparedness for the Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) Games slated for March 16-26, 2022. 

Dr. Disu noted that the team would be in the University from Monday, Feb 28 – March 1, 2022, to check out the locations for the Games, Hostel and Medical facilities and COVID-19 protocols put in place for the Games, make recommendations in cases where lapses are noticed as well as identify personnel involved in safety protocols.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, ably represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, Prof. Oluwole Familoni welcomed the Team. He thanked the NCDC and Lagos State Government for their help, advice and interventions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also thanked them for working in tandem with each other in creating/providing a vaccination centre for the University and hoped the support continues and ensure that COVID-19 does not spread during the Games.

Prof. Familoni anticipates that the University will host the Games in a COVID-19 free environment as well as to win it. He thanked both parties for their future support during the Games; affirmed that all athletes must be vaccinated for their safety to prevent themselves from catching or spreading the virus. He assured that whatever gaps are found will be properly taken care of by the Committee set up for that.

The Head of the Medical sub-Committee set up for the NUGA Games, Prof. Foluso Lesi recalled that the NCDC had committed to running all rapid diagnostic tests before and during the Games. Also, the Lagos State has granted the University permission to use any of its medical facilities as well as provide ambulance services – at least three (3), of which one (1) would be dedicated to COVID-19 cases.

After the visit, the Team consisting of Dr. Disu; Dr. Bisola Adebayo, Head, Surveillance for COVID-19 for Lagos State Ministry of Health representing the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Professor Akinola Abayomi; Dr. Lois Olajide, Head, Events-based Surveillance; Dr. Biodun Ogunniyi, Assistant Director, Infection Prevention and Control, NCDC; Mr. Abdulakeem Amoo, Senior Laboratory Scientist at the Biosafety Office of the NCDC, and members of the Health Committee  proceeded to visit the various facilities on campus.

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