Campus arrangements to prevent avian flu
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This move falls in line with the government's three-level response system and comes as the Semester A examination period starts, from 12 December.
The Ad-hoc Group addresses the avian flu risk and embodies the University’s readiness to introduce contingency measures to combat any potential health crisis.
Based on the government’s response system, the University has activated the ‘alert’ level. This means students are advised to wear face masks during exams if their temperature exceeds 38°C or if they have any symptoms of influenza.
Students are also advised to pay more attention to announcements on campus in case the ‘alert’ level is elevated to ‘serious’ or ‘emergency’.
For the well-being of the students living in the hostels, the Student Residence Office has issued residence masters and tutors with relevant guidelines. These guidelines recommend proper procedures for handling cases of students with fevers; a self-screening process in cases where Influenza A (H5) is suspected; and communication channels to be used during any outbreak.
Emergency rooms have been set up in each hall of residence and each reception counter is equipped with a thermometer and a supply of face masks.
The Facilities Management Office (FMO) has stepped up the cleaning of lecture theatres, classrooms, handrails, doors, tables, chairs and sofas in public areas and arrangements have been made to set up disinfection gel dispensers across the campus and the student residences.
“We will continue to watch out for the latest development on avian flu and we will adopt appropriate measures to prevent any possible outbreak and safeguard a healthy environment on campus,” said Mr K Y Chan, Associate Director of FMO.
In addition, FMO has trained its staff to handle dead birds found on campus, while other staff and students are advised to avoid direct contact with dead birds, if found, and should wear disposable water-proof plastic gloves and surgical masks as appropriate.