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09 March 2020

Ms Silombo and the team regularly meet to ensure that the university responds appropriately and provides a relatively safe environment for staff and students. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) almost 300 000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported and more than 11 400 people have lost their lives. *(Statistics at the time of publishing)

The university management and staff are doing everything they can to ensure that students can complete a successful academic year. “We are also developing business continuity strategies to ensure that the business of the university is not severely affected as we take the necessary steps to mitigate the risks and impact of the pandemic,” said Ms Silombo.

UMP management encourages staff and students to continue taking care of themselves and others by adhering to the preventative measures. We all have to be responsible individuals and citizens. While the university is doing its best to minimise the effects of COVID-19, it still remains an individual’s responsibility to practice and adhere to the precautionary or preventative measures.

COVID-19 Symptoms
The Corona Virus is a family of viruses known to cause illnesses ranging from common cold to pneumonia. Ms Silombo advises that you need to seek help if you experience a sudden onset of fever that is 38 degrees and above, or one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Ms Silombo reminds the UMP community that while there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, there are preventative steps that can be taken to avoid contracting the virus. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close human contact at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing
    or sneezing.
  • Stay at home when you are feeling sick, do not rush to the clinic or hospital, and immediately call
    a medical professional.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as door handles and surfaces.

Who to contact
The university campus clinic provides ongoing awareness on COVID-19. If at any stage anyone from the University suspects that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or they are experiencing the abovementioned symptoms, contact UMP campus clinic on: 013 002 0029 or WhatsApp 060 9519897 or email:

Alternatively, the Department of Health has launched a WhatsApp service where news and information and updates regarding COVID-19 are available. Simply add the number 0606 012 3456.

@ Story by Lisa Thabethe. Additional Information: World Health Organisation. Pictures Supplied.