The University of Professional Studies, Accra has come under severe criticism for not doing enough to sensitise its students and lecturers on the ravaging coronavirus disease.
Some students who spoke to UPSANEWSROOM.com’s Raphael Abadandi Tuesday said apart from a display of the disease alert on an LED screen in front of the school nothing else is being done to sensitise them.
Covid-19 is a member of the coronavirus family that comes from animals. It has never been encountered before until the Huanan (Wuhan) incident in late December 2019 where many people in the Chinese city were affected.
Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system since many of those who have died were already in poor health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
“Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported Covid-19 cases have died [and] by comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1 percent of those infected,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said at a news conference in Geneva.
He noted that Covid-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu, but does not transmit as easily.
The disease which started in China has not spread to a total of 70 countries, including Nigeria, with more than 3,000 people dead globally.
The WHO has warned member nations to prepare for COVID-19’s arrival since the diseases does not “distinguish between races or ethnicities [and] has no regard for a country’s GDP or level of development.”
“No country should assume it won’t get cases. That could be a fatal mistake. This virus does not respect borders,” Mr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
But Ghana has not demonstrated enough preparation in the event of the arrival of the disease, students have said.
Benedicta Nkum, a Level 100 student said there is the need for the Ghanaian government to outdoor its strategies and intensify publication education on COVID-19 since it “would end up in Ghana.”
The various universities are not doing enough too.
“For me, what I think should be done is that there should be more education in the various lecture halls and try to teach students how to go about it and the precautions to take to avoid the disease,” she said.
“I think we are prepared…[but] not really enough but I think more can be done. I think the government should hit the message on this particular disease because I, for example, do not want to be a victim of this and more sensitization should be done in schools.”
Another student, Samuel Essien who is also in Level 100 at UPSA said there is not much public education ongoing in the school.
“I haven’t heard much of [the on-going] education and have only seen one-on the UPSA billboard. I believe the government is working towards it especially since it is a new disease,” he said.
On his part, Nana Ofosu, a Level 300 student said it will be dangerous for any country to take the disease for granted because it is deadly.
Commenting on activities on campus, he said that there is no public education being done to sensitise the student body about the disease by either the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) or school authorities.
He has urged the two bodies to collaborate in order to come out with a well-designed public education on the disease.