Ebola: OAU bars foreign students from returning

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Management of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, on Thursday barred foreign students of the institution from returning for the current semester to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, to the university.

This came as the institution said no student would be allowed into the university’s campus until after proper screening.

The management took the decision following the report that a female student of the university showed symptoms of EVD.

At a briefing on the update of the EVD case, Vice Chancellor of OAU, Professor Bamitale Omole, said that “Foreign students of OAU have been asked to stay back for the session; those around who have not gone out of the country have been screened. As of now the reported lady is Ebola free.”

Meanwhile, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, has stressed the health and security challenges posed to any country by the EVD scourge.

The governor, who, convened a state Security Council and stakeholders meeting on prevention of EVD, insisted that any country under the scourge risked losing its sovereignty.

“We should not see the disease as an ordinary health challenge but a situation that can be seen as a security problem for a state or a nation. That is why I have called all the security chiefs and all stakeholders to this meeting.

“I am happy that we now have a big relief in the state against the rumour of the virus in the state. God forbid it, I have been troubled since the news broke out.

“How could we have coped with the little resources of the state? You should now go out to tell the world that there is no Ebola in Osun and that we will prevent its manifestation here at all cost.

“With all these countries around us, such as Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Guinea and Congo, we need to support them because they are too close for the comfort of our country, ” Aregbesola said.

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