Van Lang University implements measures to prevent Coronavirus before students go back to school

(Van Lang, January 30th, 2020) - On January 28th 2020, the Ministry of Education and Training issued Official Letter No. 43 / CD-BGDDT on preventing and controlling the acute respiratory infections caused by new strains of Coronavirus. Van Lang University urgently takes precautionary measures before students start the second semester on February 3rd, 2020.

The outbreak of acute respiratory infections caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (nCoV) is getting complicated in China. This is a dangerous pandemic caused by the new coronavirus. There is currently no specific antiviral treatment and vaccine recommended for COVID-19. The disease spreads from person to person via close contacts, or saliva. To date, Vietnam has confirmed 5 cases tested positive for coronavirus (2 Chinese citizens in Ho Chi Minh City, 3 Vietnamese citizens in Hanoi and Thanh Hoa).

In line with the Prime Minister’s Directive No. 05/CT-TTg, dated January 28th, 2020, and Official Letter No. 121 / CD-CP, dated January 23rd, 2020 on preventing and controlling of the acute respiratory infections caused by new coronavirus, the Ministry of Education and Training requires departments of education and training to proactively coordinate with local health departments and relevant agencies to implement a number of tasks to prevent the penetration and spread of this fatal epidemic, proactively and effectively respond in schools.

Rapid response team to battle nCoV in Van Lang University

On January 29th, 2020, Van Lang University's Board of Directors and Board of Rectors directed the implementation of specific measures to prevent Coronavirus in 3 campuses and dormitory.

On January 30th, 2020, Rector of Van Lang University issued Decision No. 51 / QD-DHVL on establishing a rapid response team to prevent the novel Coronavirus (nCoV), led by MA. Vo Van Tuan - Vice Standing Principal. The team is accountable for drawing up specific action plans, response scenarios, and proactively coordinate with health facilities and authorities to timely prevent the penetration and spread of disease in the university.

vlu implements measures to prevent Coronavirus aOn January 30th, 2020, Van Lang University’s staff officially worked after Tet holiday. All units received notice from the Board of Rectors on implementing measures to prevent coronavirus such as wearing masks, increasing air circulation in the office. (Photo: HUB Area - Campus 3).

The school will equip health rooms of 3 campuses with thermometers for the needs of measuring body temperature of staff, lecturers and students. At the dormitory, all students will be tested for body temperature as soon as they enter.

To enhance disease prevention, all classrooms, offices, canteens of 3 campuses and dormitory are cleaned, and increased air circulation. The toilet system is fully equipped with hand sanitizer and new coronavirus prevention instruction according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Students must not be complacent, and must seriously prevent new coronavirus

The respiratory infection caused by a new strain of coronavirus (nCoV) is a dangerous acute infectious disease, and capable of spreading from person to person. People infected with nCoV have symptoms: runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may last for several days. When the illness gets severe, it will lead to pneumonia, and respiratory failure. If a patient is not treated promptly, they will die rapidly. The disease spreads from person to person through close contact or saliva. Currently, there is no specific treatment.

On February 3rd, 2020, all lecturers and students of Van Lang officially started the second term after a long Tet holiday. Apart from proactively carrying out preventive measures to welcome students back to school, the university notifies and requires students to strictly and fully implement preventive measures, ensure safety for their health and community.

  • Students should actively update information from official sources (website of Ministry of Health, World Health Organization - WHO,...) to accurately grasp disease movements; do not share and spread false information confusing the community on social networks.
  • When coming to school, students need:
    • Comply with notices, and regulations of school;
    •  Properly wear medical masks when going to school;
  • Actively contact the School Health Department for support, advice and temperature measurement when in need or has signs of fever or flu symptoms.
  • Keep your hands clean and wash with hand sanitizer; ensure personal hygiene, put rubbish in the dustbin; no smoking;
  • Student gathering activities must be approved by the Board of Rectors.
  • Do not bring pets into school.

vlu implements measures to prevent Coronavirus bAfter Tet holiday, Van Lang undergraduates from many provinces will gather in Ho Chi Minh City to start the second semester. The school has prepared a high sanitary condition making students feel safe to study. However, a sense of self-protection and understanding of disease prevention are crucial for students (photo: Nguyen Thanh Ngoc Thach).

According to the Ministry of Health, localities are prone to outbreaks of coronavirus including: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lai Chau and Kien Giang. The school has established a steering committee to implement and monitor disease prevention activities and developments. Students when in need of assistance can immediately contact the following hotline numbers:

  • Campus 1: 028 7109 9218 - Ext: 3316 or 0983 968 526 (Ms. Huong)
  • Campus 2: 028 3516 5046 or 0937 642 871 (Ms. Trang)
  • Campus 3: 028 7109 9218 - Ext: 3310/3311/3312 or 0964 533 134 (Ms. Yen)
  • Dorm: 028 7109 9218 - Ext: 3314 or 0987 352 969 (Ms. Huong)
  • Ministry of Health: 1900 3228


Source: Chi Nhan
Translated by: Ngoc Phuong Ho

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