UCC Screens Students For Ebola

First year students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) who have waited anxiously to go to school, yesterday rushed to the campus to go through Ebola screening before registering at their various halls of residence.

The students accompanied by their parents, joined queues at the halls of residence and the Computer Centre, to be able to go through the formalities in accordance with the rules and regulations of the institution.

Though some of the students complained about the slow pace of the registration, they said the Ebola screening was of paramount importance.

Grace Antwi, a first year student, told The Ghanaian Times that she arrived at Cape Coast on Sunday, early in order to avoid the winding queues that normally characterise the re-opening of school.

A parent, Benjamin Tettey, wondered why the university did not choose Saturday for the beginning of registration rather than a working day, saying it was an inconvenience to parents who accompanied their children to the campus.

When The Ghanaian Times went round the campus yesterday, there was congestion on the road as drivers and parents who accompanied their children to school, had to wait patiently for the security men to direct them to the appropriate parking places.

Under the Ebola screening, students were supposed to answer a questionnaire on certain diseases which would serve as a precursor for health officials to identify any symptoms associated with Ebola.

The students answered questions regading vomiting, diarrhoea, redness of the eyes, and measles, among others.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, the Senior Assistant Registrar, at the Public Affairs of UCC, Major Kofi Baah-Bentum (Rtd), appealed to students to wait patiently for their turn in order to register.

The students, he explained, had about one week to register, which was enough to cover all the freshmen and women who would be allocated rooms.

He said the university had designated a  room for students who would be suspected of contracting Ebola and transported to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and the Trauma and Specialist Hospital at Winneba. An ambulance, was on standby to transport any suspected case of Ebola to hospital.

The re-opening date for first year students of UCC originally scheduled for August 9, was postponed indefinitely by authorities of the institution, following the strike action by members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) over their Book and Research Allowance.

The decision to reopen for students to return to campus, followed the decision of UTAG to resume work over agreement with government on the payment of the allowance.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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