The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has confirmed the emergence of the 3rd wave of COVID-19 in the institution as the medical centre recorded an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
This was disclosed in a ‘COVID-19 pandemic update’ published on the university’s website where the management divulged that it has been affected by a potential third wave of Coronavirus.
According to the statement, “The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lagos State.”
“The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, in his press statement issued on July 11, 2021, stated that since the beginning of July there has been a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021, to its current rate of 6.6% as at the 8th of July 2021. This is with a concurrent increase in the occupancy rate at Lagos State isolation centres.”
“The University of Lagos community has also been affected by this potential 3rd wave, with an increase in the number of patients presented to the University of Lagos Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms which are similar to COVID-19.”
Nevertheless, the university noted that “The Medical Centre hereby assures all members of the University community, that all necessary actions in line with the Federal and Lagos State Government guidelines have been taken regarding this potential threat in our community.”
“The Medical Centre will also return to providing EMERGENCY ONLY SERVICES during this period, in order to protect all members of the community from potential infection within the facility. The Medical Centre Emergency Contact line: 09095879781 remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
“Despite this threat to the return of normalcy, pursuit of education and daily livelihood, it has become imperative once more to judiciously adhere to the following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in order to curb the spread of this disease.”
In line with this, the of the institution is scheduled to have an emergency meeting later in response to the emerging cases of COVID-19.
However, there has been palpable tension among students and staff of the university over cases of COVID-19 recorded in the school as students and workers in the hostels are mostly affected.