Five of the 11 studies identified by the University of Gondar’s Special Research Task Force set up by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education have been completed and were presented today via a virtual symposium. The symposium, which was broadcasted via the online platform Zoom, drew on the outcomes of the COVID research that were done on a variety of topics.
At the beginning of the virtual symposium the University of Gondar’s Research, Community Service and Technology Transfer Vice President, Professor Mersha Chanie, welcomed all those in attendance with welcoming remarks.
Professor Mersha shared the University’s countless works when it comes to the current pandemic. He expressed to those who were present that UoG is currently undertaking 10 vital research works that are centered on COVID-19 (local evidences), in which 5 of the 10 were presented today.
Besides the research endeavors, the University is also working on other services that will make a sizable impact in the lives of normal day citizens. According to Professor Mersha the University has established a well-equipped Corona Virus Center that treats people who are at risk. Currently 158 patients have been admitted into the center.
Subsequently the State Minister of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Prof. Afework Kasu, gave the days opening address. He expressed that the results of the studies conducted were ever so relevant in such a stressing and never before seen circumstance. He also shared that Ethiopian universities have been actively involved in the prevention and control of the Pandemic ever since its entry.
Following the sudden presence of COVD-19, a special national multidisciplinary Pandemic research task force had been set up to implement and analyze recommendations for the prevention and control of the virus, as well as consistent national and local data collection efforts to focus on problem areas.
The titles that were raised in today’s symposium centered on, social distancing measures, depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms and its associated factors, knowledge, attitude and practices towards prevention, early detection of COVID-19, digital health readiness and community responses during the early phase of the COVID-19.
Intellectuals from various governmental agencies and Universities attended the Symposium. The number of individuals who took part and attended today’s virtual symposium numbered around 130 people.
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