The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has commended the efforts and proactive measures put in place by the management of the University of Lagos to forestall a spread of COVID-19 on the institution’s campus and its adjourning communities.
According to a letter addressed to the office of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe FAS and signed by the Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chike Ihekewazu, the Centre particularly applauded the University management for taking responsibility in preventing a spike of the pandemic within and around the institution and effectively ensuring the health safety of all its stakeholders.
While acknowledging the specific areas already outlined by the University of Lagos for assistance from the NCDC, the Centre expressed readiness to partner with and support UNILAG in putting in place, immediate as well as long-term measures which would complement the management’s ongoing efforts to keep the virus in check within and around the University community.
The NCDC specifically assured that efforts would be put in place to optimize UNILAG as a molecular laboratory.
The Centre therefore made a donation of two Oxygen Concentrators (for patients in need of oxygen enroute nearby isolation centre) and 4,000 units of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits for screening at the University Medical Centre.
The NCDC also supplied 2 units of Pulse oximeters, 300 units of Digital thermometers and 500 units of coverall attires, other items pledged to the University of Lagos by the NCDC include 2,000 units of (60 milliliters) of Alcohol sanitizers, 2,000 pieces of KN 95 Nose Mask, 4,000 units each of Face Shields, Protective gowns and Googles, 10, 000 units of Medical facemasks as well as disposable hand gloves.
As part of efforts in ensuring public safety, the NCDC also expressed readiness to support the University of Lagos in encouraging and ensuring adherence to public health and social measures within and beyond the campus community in ways that appeal to all stakeholders in the UNILAG community to limit the transmission of COVID-19.