LABUAN: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at its Labuan International Campus (UMSKAL).
UMS vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said the university management was very concerned about the safety and welfare of 107 students and 261 staff who are at UMSKAL.
“Due to the high number of Covid-19 infections reported in the Federal Territory of Labuan and the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (PKP), all students are asked to remain on campus and not allowed to leave campus at all.
“The management of UMSKAL ensures that all needs in terms of welfare and monitoring the health of students are always taken care of and several initiatives have also been implemented,” he said when contacted by Berita Harian.
Apart from health screening, UMS also provides a hotline that is always ready to receive and handle complaints from students and parents and provide guidance and motivation for students.
In terms of the needs and welfare of students, he said among the initiatives taken was to ensure good internet access for the smooth teaching and learning process (PdP) which was implemented entirely online.
“Alhamdulillah, all students are in good health. So far there have been no infections involving students or staff.
“Online learning activities are also being conducted via using internet facilities from their dormitory rooms,” he said.
UMS is also ensuring that the cafeteria operates as usual to enable students to buy food, apart from the grocery store in the campus area for students to buy their necessities.
He said the varsity also provides ‘Food Bank’ facilities to students through the contribution of UMS itself, university staff, the public, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government and private agencies such as the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP).
“UMS also provides a special allocation to bear the ‘runner’ or e-hailing charges for the purchase of students’ personal items. Principals and fellows also help make the purchase of student necessities from time to time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Taufiq said so far about 60 per cent of UMSKAL staff had received the Covid-19 vaccination, while students and staff who have not received the vaccine were expected to receive it when UMSKAL becomes a vaccination centre (PPV).
“The management of UMSKAL is also always ready to assist the authorities, especially the Health Ministry by providing a comfortable space to be used as a PPV in the Federal Territory of Labuan.
“Preliminary discussions have been held and we are waiting for further information from the Federal Territory of Labuan Health Department. If the discussions can be realised, of course all students and staff who have not been vaccinated will be given priority,” he said.
To date, a total 6,643 cumulative cases of Covid-19 have been recorded on the island, including 152 new cases reported yesterday.
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