October 20, 2021

U.I opts for virtual classes after 3 professors die of covid-19

Following the loss of three of the institution’s professors to the rampaging coronavirus pandemic within days, authorities at the University of Ibadan (UI) have announced the adoption of a blended mode of teaching on the campus for the rest of the ongoing second semester examination.

The decision was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the university’s Registrar, Olubunmi Faluyi, a copy of which Premium Times obtained.

Though the university did not confirm the cause of the death of the three dons, findings by this newspaper indicated that they died of the pandemic.

The statement, however, confirmed the increasing number of coronavirus cases at both the main campus of the university, its college of medicine and college hospital.

Death of dons

One of the late professors, David Olaleye, was a key part of the Oyo State COVID-19 task force and the head of the clinical virology laboratory where COVID-19 tests are being conducted in the state.

Sources, who did not want to be quoted, told this newspaper that the result of a laboratory test that confirmed that Mr Olaleye was positive, was only received after his demise.

He had reportedly died on July 27 of complications from the disease.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State commisrated the family of the late Mr Olaleye, saying he served the state and humanity while he was alive.

Meanwhile, two other professors who reportedly died of the pandemic were Bankole Oke of the Department of Veterinary Medicine with specialisation in veterinary anatomy, and Anthony Ologbobo of the department of animal science in the faculty of agricultural science.

A professor at the university, who spoke to PT on condition of anonymity, described the three as diligent and dutiful colleagues.

Another official on the campus, who also did not want to be quoted for not being authorised to speak on the matter, said the university was only trying to manage the information.

The source, however, said the information in circulation that the professors were already vaccinated before their death was not correct.

“Our findings have shown that they were not all vaccinated. In fact, the virologist too was not yet vaccinated before his death,” the source said.

Meanwhile, since Oyo State reported the Delta variant of the virus some weeks ago, coronavirus cases in the state have increased significantly.

Virtual classes

The university management said the increasing COVID-19 cases call for caution and proactive actions which includes a review of mode of teaching and learning.

It also noted that all residents, workers on the campus and users of its facilities must ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

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