Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) has led a team of officials to inspect facilities on campus to ascertain the state of preparedness to receive final year students back to campus after the closure of the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In compliance with the presidential directive for final year students to return to campus to complete academic work for the semester, Management has implemented a number of measures to ensure that such students return to a safe and conducive environment.
The team visited student residences, both university-managed halls and private hostels as well as academic facilities on campus.
At Evandy Hostel, one of the private hostels on campus, a total of 20 students had reported at the time of the visit. Management of the hostel indicated that each room was assigned to a student in order to minimize potential spread of infection amidst other measures such as checking of temperature and placing washing accessories at the entrance of the hostel.
The team observed that similar measures have been put in place at Akuafo Hall, one of the university-managed halls. Halls assistants were tasked to ensure that students had completed online forms designed to solicit basic information as well as ensure compliance with the wearing of face masks and hand washing protocols and other precautionary measures. Management of the Hall has also instituted a system to disinfect student room keys left at the Porter’s lodge.
Receiving the team at the Balme Library, Prof. Perpetua Dadzie, Ag. Librarian outlined protocols put in place to ensure that the library environment is safe. It was observed that sitting arrangements at the Research Commons and reading rooms had been adjusted to ensure adherence to social distancing protocols.
At the University of Ghana Computing System (UGCS), the team inspected the computer labs and other arrangements made to enhance students’ access to electronic resources. Similar to arrangements at the Balme Library, social distancing protocols were also in place at the computer labs and other sitting areas. Provision has also been made to disinfect computers and other accessories after each use before assigning to another person.
Prior to the return of the students, the University with assistance from government, in partnership with Zoomlion Company Limited undertook a disinfection exercise on the campuses of the University.
Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo who expressed satisfaction with measures being put in place emphasized the need for continuous compliance to ensure that the University environment is safe.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar, Dr. Charles B. Wiafe-Akenten, Master of Legon Hall and Chairman of the Committee of Heads of Halls and Mrs. Joanna Omaboe, Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs Directorate.