By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
University of Buea (UB), a government-run Anglo-Saxon higher institute of learning in Cameroon’s South West Region will start the production of hand sanitizer, UB’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ngomo Horace Manga said in a statement, Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Manga also disclosed that the Department of Chemistry will be tasked with expanding the production and expansion of the hand sanitizer that will be used within the university premises, a rare move to contain COVID-19.
Cameroon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, announced the closure of its high schools, colleges, and universities as a preventative measure to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 that has affected over four million people globally. Air, land, and sea borders were are closed.
Following new directives from the government to resume face-to-face on campus, teaching is slated for Monday, June 1, 2020. Deans and directors have agreed to open the university while observing a number of preventive measures, the Vice-Chancellor confirmed it was agreed in a meeting.
The university will install handwashing points within the campus at all entries and all areas of gathering and classrooms to stop the spread of the virus.
The meeting also resolved that classes will be scheduled using all available space on campus in order to meet up with the exigencies of social distancing.
The new directives also prescribe that all classrooms, laboratories, halls of residence, and restaurants with doorknobs will be disinfected in the morning and at the end of the day.
There will also be the use of thermo-flashes to check the temperatures of staff and students at different entry points on campus. Cameroon now has a total of 3,529 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 140 deaths.