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MATTERS ARISING: MEETING WITH LANDLORDS OF OFF-CAMPUS HOSTELS

The University management, together with representatives of the Student Union, met with the owners of off-campus hostels in the University host communities with the sole agenda of reinforcing the smooth alliance between the University and the owners in preparation for the return of students to town.

At the meeting, the representative of the Universities appealed to the association of house owners on three key issues that affect the welfare of the students:

1. No quit notice or illegal locking of hostels

Due to the reports that have been received of some hostels serving students a quit notice and denying them access to their rooms, we appealed to the Landlords to be understanding, considerate, and patient with students who were unavoidably forced to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. 2-Months Payment Grace Period

We also appealed to the Landlords to grant students who decide to remain in their hostels upon resumption the grace of 60 days to clear their outstanding house rents. However, it was agreed at the meeting that students who decide to move out to another hostel must clear out their outstanding house rents before moving out.

3. 10% giveaway as palliative from outstanding bills

Another appeal was made to the Landlords to offer financial support to students in the form of COVID palliatives. It is understandable that these hostels are the source of income for these owners too, however, the long break that kept students out of their hostels was nobody's fault and both parties involved must be understanding to find a balance. We appealed to the Landlords to offer a 10%-off to students as a show of empathy and support.

While reacting to the requests of the University, the leadership of the Landlords association informed the University of their own plans, which already included some of the requests of the University, and that some owners are already implementing these policies in their hostels. However, the leadership of the association concluded on discussing the appeals of the University with other members and communicate their resolutions to the University.

We urge students to be peace-loving and law abiding when dealing with matters related to hostels and house rents. The University and the Student Union will continue to work and ensure that the welfare of students is not endangered.

While we await the resolutions of the Landlords, it is our hope that all the discussions at the meeting materializes in no time. We remain committed to our mission to rebrand the value system by always protecting the interests of our students.
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Passionate Unilorites,

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A PHASED RESUMPTION

Acting on the directives of the Federal Government, the University has approved a phased resumption of physical academic activities on campus, commencing on January 25th, 2021.

Phase 1: 25TH JANUARY, 2021
Return of students with outstanding 1st Semester examinations who will return home after their examinations.

Phase 2 (Two weeks): 1STFEBRUARY, 2021
Final Year and Postgraduate students come into campus finally for the next two weeks.

Phase 3 (Two weeks): 15THFEBRUARY, 2021
100 level students come into campus finally for the next two weeks.

Phase 4 (Two weeks): 1ST MARCH, 2021
All other students come into campus.

NOTE
1. Parents should please note that in the event that any child/ward tests positive to COVID-19, he/she would be sent back home to self-isolate and continue to receive lectures virtually.

2. All students will sign an Agreement that in the event that anyone tests positive to COVID-19, he/she would be sent back home to self-isolate and continue to receive lectures virtually. In case such students miss any examination, make-up examination would be arranged for them.

3. Virtual lectures that commenced on 11th January, 2021 will continue even after physical resumption of classes

We urge all students to follow the laid down guidelines for physical resumption and ensure they obey all COVID 19 Precautions.

We'll continue working on the opening of school hostels before January 25th and ensure to keep hostelites updated with the necessary information.

Happy Physical Resumption in advance.
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STUDENT UNION, UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN

PRESENTS

STUDENT UNION WRITERS' WORKSHOP

This is to notify the public that the student union Writer's workshop will be holding on the 15th and 16th of January, 2021. The workshop will be holding virtually and it is designed to assist upcoming writers with the community and mentorship they need to develop and thrive in the literary world.

Over the course of the two days, the workshop would feature several literary sessions, a reveal of the student union anthology and a prize-giving ceremony where the winners would be announced.

We urge all registered participants to constantly check their email as all necessary details regarding the program would be communicated via that channel.

For more info, contact the Assistant General Secretary, Tracy-Allen Ezechukwu on
07032818619
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UPDATE ON GLO DATA: FIRST BATCH

We have received numerous applications from students who are interested in the custom GLO Data plan for University of Ilorin students, and they are now being processed.

People who applied for the data offer should follow the instructions below:

1. Kindly make payment to: UBA 2128026560 (Babatunde Lukman Foundation-SUG Acct) using the following basis for calculations:

0 -10 @ #263.33 per GB
11-20 @ #250 per GB
21- 30 @ #230 per GB
31- Above @ #200 per GB

That is,
5GB = 5 x #263.33,
20GB = 20 x #250,
35GB = 35 x #200

2. Proceed to the link below to confirm payment and specify data amount paid for.

https://forms.gle/b4Q9r1tKzSPtHYVp7

Successful students will be credited with the data as soon as possible. Please be aware that the registration is in batch and students should await the reg procedures for the next batch.
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Passionate Unilorites,

UPDATE ON THE GLO CUSTOM DATA PLAN FOR UNILORIN STUDENTS

In line with the mandate of keeping smooth academic activities even as the University goes virtual, we wish to bring to the attention of all students that the following arrangements are in place to ease the transition to the new normal.

The university hotspots have been increased with additional 39 new spots and bandwidth strengthened. Also, a centre with 200 computers under the watch of COMSIT is to begin operations to assist students of all categories who, for one reason or the other, may not be online at the time of the lecture to download from the repository within 48 -72hrs of the lecture.

On the other hand, since Universities are to thread cautiously on crowd management, the opening of hostels will be delayed till 18th of January, 2021 when physical activities are expected to commence on campus as announced by FGN. The implications is that pending when students are eventually allowed to resume on campus, virtual learning and teaching will continue and students may be in need of data.

Consequently, arrangement has been made between Student Union and Globacom network under the watch of Student Affairs to privately assist students in getting personal data within the first week of virtual classes pending resumption on campus at discounted rate:

The rates are as follows:

0- 10GB @ #263.33 per GB
11- 20GB @ #250 per GB
21- 30GB @ #230 per GB
31- above @ #200 per GB
Validity= 30days

Students who are interested (optional) should fill the google form via this link. The offer is only for Glo users.

https://forms.gle/2e7hRE5ppZGttTwUA

Payment will be to a dedicated account and centrally processed and will be communicated to the interested students.

We remain committed to protect the interests of students of the University of Ilorin and we shall continue to look for ways to help them adapt to the new system of learning.
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RE: UPDATE ON RESUMPTION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES; CRITICAL TIMES CALL FOR CRITICAL DECISIONS.

Sequel to the revision of the academic calendar for the 2019/2020 academic session and the announcement of the date of commencement for the Virtual learning, officials of the Student Union together with Faculty Presidents had meet daily on campus to discuss the current situation and interacted with arms of the University management after receiving several crucial concerns and agitations from our members.

Esteemed Unilorites, these information are crucial and important as it supercedes all other informations on the subject listed below. Trying times are here as impelled by the Covid-19 and ASUU Strike. In furtherance of our dedication to the welfare of students, we compiled and tabled all received complaints to the management. However, a bird-eye look into the issues at the meeting revealed reasons behind the new development which are necessary for continuity of studies after a prolonged pause. The Virtual learning system is accepted globally and is being adopted as a sustainable mode of teaching and learning, and the University has shown her plans to ensure that we are part of this process in the commencement and period of academic activities.

Also, we have lodged complaints to the appropriate quarters on the complexity and stressful process of enrolling for the virtual learning, activation and reactivation of student email, reset of passwords, and all other general complaints we have received from students so far. The university COMSIT through the helpdesk communication platform would continue to make efforts to resolve all issues.

A Table Talk organised by the corporate affairs unit of the university, which featured the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Acad) held yesterday and will have the Director of COMSIT, Prof. Dupe Ademola-Popoola,* today January 7th, 10 am, on Unilorin FM 89.3 FM (or visit fm.unilorin.edu.ng to join live from anywhere in the world).

In addendum, the University is working on a solid partnership with GLO for a cheap and discounted custom data plan to reduce the cost of Internet access for students of the University of Ilorin. The details of this efforts shall be communicated to the general public as soon as they are finalized. The University is also working on a Resource Center with 200+ standby computers to help indigent students gain access to prerecorded lectures and other academics materials to aid their learning.

On a final note, we urge students not to panic about the enrollment process if they are experiencing any issues and reach out to the COMSIT Helpdesk via [email protected] for technical assistance. This release supersedes our previous release yesterday.
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Passionate Unilorites,

RE: UPDATE ON RESUMPTION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES; CRITICAL TIMES CALL FOR CRITICAL DECISIONS.

Sequel to the revision of the academic calendar for the 2019/2020 academic session and the announcement of the date of commencement for the Virtual learning, officials of the Student Union together with Faculty Presidents met on campus to discuss the current situation and interact with arms of the University management after receiving several crucial concerns and agitations from our members.

Esteemed Unilorites, these are trying times as impelled by the Covid-19 and ASUU Strike. In furtherance of our dedication to the welfare of students, we compiled and tabled all received complaints to the management. However, a bird-eye look into the issues at the meeting revealed reasons behind the new development which are necessary for continuity of studies after a prolonged pause. Moreover, we have been assured that the virtual learning is only for the period of the COVID-19 lockdown announced by the Federal Government and normalcy will be restored as soon as there's a go-ahead for physical activities on campus.

Also, we have lodged complaints to the appropriate quarters on the complexity and stressful process of enrolling for the virtual learning, activation and reactivation of student email, reset of passwords, and all other general complaints we have received from students so far. We'll keep compiling and lodging the general issues students are facing, and we are working with the COMSIT and Faculty associations to facilitate a decentralized and swift help desk to help students with the whole process.

The outcome of our activities on campus yesterday birthed the Table Talk program, which we are organizing to feature the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Acad), Prof. Sylvia Malomo, and the Director of COMSIT, Prof. Dupe Ademola-Popoola, to facilitate a broader platform between the management and the students. The radio program is scheduled to come up on January 6-7th, 10 am daily, on Unilorin FM 89.3 FM (or visit fm.unilorin.edu.ng to join live from anywhere in the world).

In addendum, we are working with the University on a solid partnership with GLO for a cheap and discounted custom data plan to reduce the cost of Internet access for students of the University of Ilorin. The details of this efforts shall be communicated to the general public as soon as they are finalized. The University is also working on a Resource Center with 200+ standby computers to help indigent students gain access to prerecorded lectures and other academics materials to aid the learning.

On a final note, we urge students not to panic about the enrollment process if they are experiencing any issues and reach out to the COMSIT Helpdesk via [email protected] for technical assistance.
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UPDATE ON RESUMPTION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES: SENATE OKAYS VIRTUAL RESUMPTION

Compliments of the Season to the better by far students of the prestigious University of Ilorin. After what seemed like an unending break, it is our pleasure to bring some news and developments to your attention.

Acting per the directions of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and the NUC that all physical academic activities on all campuses be stopped, the school management is making plans to adjust to the new virtual learning system, as is being used in other reputable international institutions. This development has led to the proposal for the commencement of virtual learning and online classes, as is already being circulated across campus media groups.

Sitting on the proposals today, the School authority has approved January 11th, 2021, for the commencement of a Virtual Rain Semester pending the the time the Health authorities in the country declares campuses accessible, and the updated academic calendar for the current session shall be uploaded on the University Portal soon.

The modalities for the new virtual system, as well as other vital information will be communicated with the student populace as soon as they are published.

As a union, we appreciate the steps taken by University management to ensure that students can progress in their education and career path, and as always, we'll continue to interact with the school management to ensure that every decision is in the best interest of our members.

We look forward to a smooth transition into the virtual learning era as with other reputable institutions globally.

Thank you.
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Passionate Unilorites,

UPDATE ON RESUMPTION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES: SENATE OKAYS VIRTUAL RESUMPTION

Compliments of the Season to the better by far students of the prestigious University of Ilorin. After what seemed like an unending break, it is our pleasure to bring some news and developments to your attention.

Acting per the directions of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and the NUC that all physical academic activities on all campuses be stopped, the school management is making plans to adjust to the new virtual learning system, as is being used in other reputable international institutions. This development has led to the proposal for the commencement of virtual learning and online classes, as is already being circulated across campus media groups.

Sitting on the proposals today, the School authority has approved January 11th, 2020, for the commencement of a Virtual Rain Semester pending the the time the Health authorities in the country declare campuses safe and accessible, and the updated academic calendar for the current session shall be uploaded on the University Portal soon.

The modalities for the new virtual system, as well as other vital information will be communicated with the student populace as soon as they are published.

As a union, we appreciate the steps taken by University management to ensure that students can progress in their education and career path, and as always, we'll continue to interact with the school management to ensure that every decision is in the best interest of our members.

We look forward to a smooth transition into the virtual learning era as with other reputable institutions globally.

Thank you.
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Passionate Unilorites,

UPDATE ON THE SU LITERARY COMPETITION

This is to bring to the notice of the entire student populace the shortlist for the SU Literary Prize.

Kindly recall that entries bordering on the theme ‘Grief’ were called for earlier this year. Hundreds of entries were received from students across various departments in the University and from the large pool of brilliant submissions, 11 poems and 5 short stories have been selected for final consideration by the editorial board. The stories and poems that have been shortlisted show courage and an uncanny ability to confront hidden darkness.

Arranged in no particular order, the shortlisted stories and poems are as follows.

FICTION
THE ROT UNDERNEATH YOUR SKIN by Akanbi Shedrack Opeyemi
RAINDROPS, NIGHTFALL AND WHATEVER CAME AFTER by Mofe Phil Atie
BRING IT CLOSER by Mustapha Enesi
VOID by Ella Agbai
GAY GRIEF MONTH by Timothy Silas

POETRY
LOOP by Atofarati Umar
BLACKNESS by Oluyomi Banke
ONE MINUTE SILENCE by Adewara Joses
BARGAIN by Abdulsalam Adeiza
CICATRIX by Damilola Blessing Johnson
NAMING A GRIEF by Akinwale Peace Akindayo
PASSION by Akinwale Peace Akindayo
SALTWATER by Animashaun A. Ameen
THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE PERSISTENCE MEMORY by Animashaun A. Ameen
REFLECTIONS by Afolabi Abidemi
THE GRIEVED BOY REMINISCES ON DUST by Alaba Muhammad Nasir

The editorial board unfortunately could not select any nonfiction piece for consideration for this stage. The submissions received in this category did not meet up to the standards of the judging process.

The selected pieces will be featured in the Zango Anthology (an annual review of the Student Union) following a workshop to be organized by the SU Secretariat. Date and modalities for the workshop will be released soonest.

We heartily congratulate all selected writers.
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LEGIT BIG NAIJA INDEPENDENCE CONTEST

This is to inform all UNILORITES of the opportunity to participate in the ongoing LEGIT BIG NAIJA INDEPENDENCE ESSAY CONTEST.

The essay contest is aimed at spotting young talented students passionate about journalism and writing. It also invites young people to tell their own stories of Nigerian Independence.

APPLICATION
Write an essay on one of the following topics.

1. Your personal contribution to a better Nigeria
2. Lessons learnt since 1960
3. Role of women (in independence and nation-building)

The essay must be contain 400-1000 words, a main heading and several subheadings;

Each individual can submit a maximum of 1 essay;

All essays must be submitted in .doc or .docx format, other formats will not be accepted;

Only original, unique and written from scratch essays will be considered.

PRIZES
1st Place - ₦115, 000
2nd Place - ₦75, 000
3rd Place - ₦38, 000

DEADLINE : 21ST NOVEMBER, 2020

Visit https://www.specials.legit.ng/students-contest for more details.

Best Wishes
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FG VS ASUU: THIS 'ROMANCE' MUST STOP!

It is now obvious that we have found ourselves in a country that wishes to develop without first prioritizing the education of her youths nor investing tangibly in their future. What is not so obvious is the reason the Buhari-Led Federal Government has decided to gamble with the future of the country by setting a new record for the longest ASUU strike ever; 8 months and still counting.

From our thoughts, the FG and ASUU seem to be deriving a secret pleasure from their unending 'indoor' and attention-seeking 'romance' meetings. This 'romance' must STOP!

The leadership of the University of Ilorin Student Union, in solidarity with other higher institution leaders across the country, is taking brave steps to reclaim the future of this country from these seemingly unbothered leaders of our country. We have engaged in series of productive consultations with other Union leaders and our next step is the Joint Press Conference to issue an ultimatum to the Federal Government of Nigeria before we take drastic actions that will shake the roots of this country!

The Joint Press Conference is scheduled to hold by 9 am on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the University of Ibadan Student Union Building. We can no longer fold our hands and let this FG VS ASUU 'romance' continue on a loop. We beseech all the greatest Nigerian youths to join this STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE!
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Passionate Unilorites,

RE: STUDENT UNION SELF SKILL ACQUISITION

This is to inform our better by far students that after series of considerations, we have decided to commence the One month Free Self Skill Acquisition training virtually, while the final phase of each skill training will be completed at the Student Union vocational centre upon resumption.

Please recollect that the registration for this training, which is only one thousand naira, has been done before the emergence of the Corona Virus. However, in order to give more students the golden opportunity to partake and benefit from this training, we have decided reopen registration for the program. Students who are interested in learning any of the available skills can now register on or before September 25th, 2020, and the virtual classes shall commence on September 28th, 2020.

The available skills are Graphic Design, Photography, Make-up/Gele Tying, Fashion Design, Cakes and Pastry, Shoe Making, and Hair dressing/barbing. To participate in this remarkable programme, kindly register via http://bit.ly/2tlFwuj . The Registration Fee of #1000 can now be paid online too. For any enquiries about the program, you can contact Sasha (+234 814 585 3292), Lanky (+234 705 434 9215), or Intellect (+2348108678294).

As we await progressive developments on resumption, we implore our students to be calm, peaceful, and safety conscious. We remain ever committed to our Rebranding the Value System Agenda. We move!
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Passionate Unilorites,

DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION: OUR FUTURE IS AT STAKE

We join all other patriotic citizens of this country to celebrate another milestone in our struggle as a country to attain justice through unity. Today, June 12, 2019, marks another year that the Giant of Africa is holding on to the hopes and promises of democracy. However, true democracy can only be enjoyed in a country with educated and skilled youths, a country where there is a quality educational system that promotes the training and empowerment of her youths within a controlled and fixed period of time. Is Nigeria still that country?

The unending and repeatedly looping cycles of the ASUU and the FG disagreements have made a 'Jumong' out of this country's educational system and has forced students, who are supposed to be getting ready to build the country, into viewers of the tragic seasonal movies been acted by the Federal Government and ASUU. The actions and inactions of these parties that are supposed to be working hand in hand to ensure that the educational sector of the country becomes a pride of the continent is putting the future of this country at stake, and WE CAN NO LONGER FOLD OUR HANDS AND WATCH THESE PEOPLE THAT BENEFITED FROM A WELL-STRUCTURED SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PLUNGE THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY INTO THE MUD!

It is on this note that we, Aloha forces of the University of Ilorin, merges our voices with other Nigerian students in the country to call on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the labors of our past heroes, who laid the foundation of democracy in this country, and make progressive reconciliations that will effect the return of students back to school. We pray to the various individuals involved in the negotiations to be considerate and Godfearing, because OUR FUTURE IS AT STAKE!

We move✊
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| MATTERS ARISING |

- HOSTEL SECURITY UPDATES: BUGLARY ACTIVITIES

The Union is aware of the security issues that has been springing up in off-campus residential areas, particularly the robbery and bugling of hostels, and efforts have been made to call the attention of security agencies in Kwara State to the matter.

Fabulous hostel, Cute hostel, Mercy Villa hostel, Caveland hostel, and some other hostels at at oko-oba are some of the hostels the Union officials have visited due to burglary activities. The Nigerian Police Force has promised to increase their surveillance and activities in and around students residential areas to ensure the safety of their properties during and after the COVID19 lockdown.

Also, another way of combating against robbery and bugling of students properties is cooperation with the Landlords and real estate agents on the personal surveillance of their houses. We hereby call on all students to ensure that they contact their house agents and landlords to discuss the safety of their properties in their hostels during this COVID19 pandemic.

- NEW SU TWITTER HANDLE
The University of Ilorin Student Union is using this medium to inform the students populace that the official Twitter account of the union, @SU_Unilorin, has been suspended by the administrators of Twitter due to reasons yet to be known.

In order to bridge the communication gap between the Union and her members, and to continue providing a trusted medium of getting, vetting, and confirming important information from the Student Union, another official twitter account (@UilStudentUnion) has been created. We hereby enjoin all members of the Union to take note of this new development and are enjoined to follow the new account to keep abreast of information from the Union.

Follow the account directly here: https://twitter.com/UilStudentUnion?s=09

In the same vein, we advise all students to stay safe during this global pandemic period and abide by health guidelines as stipulated by the Government. We remain committed to rebranding the value system.
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Passionate Unilorites,

Ramadan Greetings

We felicitate with the Muslim Community of the better by far University of Ilorin on the commencement of the annual fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. We are happy that God Almighty has counted us among the humans to witness the holy month, it is our prayer that He doesn't leave us out of those that will see its end and beyond.

As a reminder, we call on all Muslim members of the Union to remember the world and country in their prayers and supplicate to the Sovereign God to heal our land and deliver us from this COVID Pandemic that is threatening our existence on Earth.

Esteemed Unilorites, it is time for unprecedented human solidarity to fight against the Corona Virus Pandemic. Please play your role by maintaining social distancing at all times and following all guidelines and regulations as laid down by authorized health authorities.

Warmest regards from the rebranding the value system administration.
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Passionate Unilorites

COVID-19: CLOSURE OF SCHOOL TILL FURTHER NOTICE

In the wake of the Corona Virus Disease pandemic, following the directives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we are informing the esteemed students of the University of Ilorin that the school management has announced the official closure of the school today, March 20th, 2020, till further notice. Students are given 2 days extra to prepare and vacate the school campus.

Dearest colleagues, health is wealth. We implore all members of the Union to stay safe and follow all COVID safety tips as laid out by the World Health Organization and the recognized local health organizations.

It is our prayer that the world overcomes this pandemic that is disrupting our way of lives, and we hope to have a full house by the time the school resumes back. Please stay safe!
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Passionate Unilorites,

INFORMATION ON COVID-19

How did the infection start
The COVID-19 is a novel disease which started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It has spread to over 64 countries of the world including a case seen in Nigeria so far.

What causes it
It is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. It is a disease transmissible from animals to man. Bats are thought to be the reservoir of infection.

How is it transmitted?
From what is known so far, it may be spread through droplets and formites from a contaminated objects or surfaces. The droplets can be from sneezing and coughing.
How long does it take to show signs of the infection?
Onset of symptoms are from 2 to 14 days of being infected.
What do you observe if you have the infection?
Most cases are mild
fever, cough, breathing difficulties and history of contact with patient with the disease or travel to locality with active transmission or visit treatment facility for the disease.
How to prevent the disease
• Wash your hands frequently with soap under running water or use alcohol-based sanitizer if water is not available.
• Cover your mouth and nose properly with a tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. Dispose of the tissue properly immediately after use. You may also cough into your elbow if a tissue is not available.
• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
• Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.
What to do if you see the signs of COVID-19
o Observe self-isolation immediately by staying indoors and avoiding contact with people
Call Unilorin help line at ........
Or
Call the NCDC 24/7 toll-free line IMMEDIATELY on 080097000010
Avoid self-medication

What is been done in University of Ilorin
1. State ministries are coordinating response
2. Unilorin health Center is working to ensure that suspected cases are isolated, managed and reported
2. Unilorin COVID-19 prevention Committee can re reached at....
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