The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has said there has been an increase in patients admitted to its medical centre with symptoms of COVID-19.
The university made this known in a statement published on its website on Tuesday.
It was leant that a female student in the Law Department got infected, with the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said to have summoned an emergency meeting of the Senate to discuss the issue.
According to the tertiary institution, its campus has been impacted by the potential third wave of COVID-19 pandemic set to be sweeping across Lagos State.
The statement read: “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 third 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 per cent at the end of June 2021, to its current rate of 6.6 per cent 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 third 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.”
The university urged all members of its community to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical procedures, adding that it has taken steps to curb the spread of the virus.
The statement read: “The Medical Centre hereby assures all members of the university community, that all necessary actions in line with the Federal and Lagos State governments’ 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.”