After reports came of over 30 students at the University of Fort Hare testing positive for the coronavirus after a night of partying, it is now believed that the cases are actually more than the 33 management said there was. UFH’s management is now under fire due to the way they handled the outbreak.
“We were left behind … if you want to close the University, who’s at disadvantage? Who’s in the position of disadvantage? It’s the black child. IIt’s the black person,” said a student.
The University has acknowledged that they did not have the best systems in place but has said that they have made amends for it.
At the University of Fort Hare (UFH), a Covid wave has emerged with over 30 students testing positive after a party in East London where Covid-19 health protocols were not followed took place. Majority of the students are from the University’s Nursing Science and Law faculties.
UFH has said that they will not be sending people home as they were advised against doing so. What they will be doing instead is that they’ll try to lock down the campus to an extent and refuse entry and exit to certain people.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University is of the opinion that management could have handled the situation better and with more care.
I’ve been calling from this side of the University to say measures must be put in place throughout.
– SRC President at UFH, Siphiwe Ngcenge
The affected students are currently in quarantine and isolation at a UFH residence with 134 rooms. This residence is situated at the University’s Alice Campus.
A complaint the SRC has received is that there is insufficient sanitiser available at the residences and this he says is problematic. “We are supposed to have the sanitisers floor by floor, kitchen by kitchen, bathroom by bathroom, because the students all share these things,” said Ngcenge.
Over 1000 students have been tested so far and UFH is working with the Department to limit the spread of the virus.
The University stated the following in a media statement, “Health Department in the Eastern Cape has launched testing and tracing campaign after the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at the University of Fort Hare in the East London campus. This after 30 students tested positive amid allegations of non-compliance to Alert Level 1 Regulations where masks were not worn, social distancing not observed, non-washing and non-sanitising of hands was not done at the tavern in Quignet, East London on 3rd October 2020.”
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