by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
A COVID-19 scare at the Namibia University of Science and Technology campus in Windhoek has resulted in the institution suspending face-to-face classes.
The development has affected one of Nust’s faculties, which the university declined to name to quell panic after a student came into contact with a person who had contact with a Covid-19 patient.
According to the university’s acting vice chancellor, Andrew Niikondo, the move is a cautionary measure aimed at ensuring the safety of all students and staff.
The student is currently in isolation.
In a letter addressed to students and staff members, Niikondo said the student shares an office with a colleague who was in contact with a person that tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
He said the student’s colleague is also in quarantine and they are waiting for their coronavirus test results.
“A full disinfection of surface areas in question is done and the university has activated additional measures to minimise potential exposure to the virus by its broader and surrounding community,” Niikondo said.
He added that while Nust waits for the test results of the secondary contact, staff and students who may have been in close contact with the affected student have been identified and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
He added that campus security has also been instructed to ensure that all persons entering the campus premises wear a mask, sanitise their hands regularly, maintain a social distance of not less than 1,5 metres and are screened.