October 18, 2021 - 338 views


Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang has imposed tough measures to control the spread of COVID 19 in the campus. 

In an  official statement released by DWU President Professor Philip Gibbs, dated 10 October 2021, COVID-19 has spread in the main Madang campus, with houses assigned to isolate students tested positive. These houses are now full to capacity, but no details on the number of positive cases has been released.  

The university's back gate has been locked at 8:30pm starting last Monday for entry and exit. The main gate is closed at 9pm for leaving the campus and locked at 10pm any for entry. ATM service in the campus has been restricted to students and staff only.

Proff. Gibbs says other services at the university as Dewai Mart and Global Travel have been required to provide passes for their commercial clients. 

Meanwhile, Prof Gibbs said DWU is currently offering a bus service to take students and staff for vaccination at the hospital; and the university is also giving accommodation and free medical care for staff and students infected with COVID 19. 

Prof Gibbs said it's time for people to take responsibility for their health. He further says, it's also the responsibility of the Provincial Health Authority to run health services. 

For 2022, the university president says the university will reduce its current level of health services. This means, students and staff need to use holiday period to get vaccinated.


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