More than 2000 students from Vaal University of Technology (VUT) are expected to attend in their numbers the first international Ebola Health Awareness Campaign (EHAC) to be launched by students in South Africa on Friday, 29 August 2014.
The EHAC is organised by International Students Organisation (ISO) in partnership with VUT Clinic and various medical aid schemes whose representatives will be on campus to share information regarding this dreadful disease. The launch comes after the Minister of Health in South Africa, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced Cabinet's decision on measures taken to deal with the extent of the ebola outbreak. The launch forms part of promoting a vibrant student and campus life through various activities that assist students to strive for personal, academic and social growth.
According to Terrence Ayuk, ISO President at VUT, hundreds of students are expected to arrive from all over the continent in January 2015 for new enrollment.
"The event is aimed at informing all students at VUT not only international or West African students as we are trying to break away from the stigma that is starting to be attributed towards students from most affected regions. We hope that we will succeed in raising awareness and providing support to all VUT community. There are more than 2000 international students at VUT most of whom are from West Africa, including myself. We want to be cautious and give detailed guidance on how to deal with an outbreak since the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the crisis is likely to continue for months," said Mr Ayuk.
Kediemetse Mokotsi is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at VUT and says the campaign is in line with VUT's aim to promote 'internationalisation at home' thereby allowing all students to be more actively involved in topical global issues.
"University management is behind this initiative because it is done within the Student Representative Council (SRC) portfolio, which represents students within the university. They are the official student voice and serves as a liaison between management and the students. They ensure that there are developmental programmes, community drives, HIV/AIDS support and academic seminars for all students," said Ms Mokotsi.
The campaigned will enhance surveillance, distribute guidelines, designate facilities, conduct training and activate outbreak response tactics. Members of the Media are invited to attend the event as follows:
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