MZUNI Staff Concerned Over Use of Girls Hostel as Quarantine Centre
Some workers at Mzuzu University fear for their safety following their authority’s directive to turn one of the student’s hostels within the campus into a quarantine centre for Mzuzu Central Hospital health workers that are handling COVID-19 patients.
This follows a communication by the MZUNI management to all staff and the community around the campus informing them that the university has given Mzuzu Central Hospital NORAH Hostel to accommodate health workers.
“We have engaged with the hospital and we have been assured on the following: medical personnel at the hospital will not access any other parts of the campus, there will be appropriate signs to alert the community and a wire fence including tight security…” read part of the letter.
The workers have put the blame on the University’s management for failing to issue a timely notice about the development.
One of the concerned workers told Zodiak online that medical staff and ambulances have been seen around the campus for days now.
“We are so scared especially now with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not clear what is going on and there is currently a lot of speculation coupled with anxiety,” said the source.
Mzuzu Central Hospital Director Dr. Frank Sinyiza said there is no need for panic as the medical personnel that are residing at the hostel are not suffering from Covid-19.
“Mzuzu Central Hospital has some cases at its isolation unit. These health workers are those that are working on shifts to help the Covid-19 cases and as a facility we have just decided that they be isolated as they care for affected cases,” clarified Sinyiza.
He said once their shift ends they will be tested again before being released back to their homes
As of 30th June 2020, Malawi had registered a total of 1265 Coronavirus confirmed cases, 989 active cases, 260 recoveries and 16 deaths.
Meanwhile, Mzuzu City has registered a total of 99 Covid-19 cases; 93 of them from local transmission with two cases currently admitted at Mzuzu Central Hospitals isolation unit.