CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES – Following the concern stirred online in connection to the India virus outbreak, also known as the NIPAH virus, several institutions in the city have taken preventive measures by shifting back to synchronous online classes.
With this, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) has officially announced the shift to online instruction delivery in synchronous mode, starting from September 28, 2023, at 1:00 PM until October 6, 2023.
This decision is formalized with the issuance of Memorandum No. 136, s. 2023, by the Office of the Chancellor at USTP Cagayan de Oro.
The primary objective of this transition is to curb the potential spread of viral or bacterial infections, especially in light of the ongoing health concerns referenced in CDO EO No. 290, s. 2023.
Furthermore, the swift action is motivated by Kagayanons’ determination to prevent the feared India virus outbreak, despite the Department of Health’s confirmation of the absence of the NIPAH virus in the country.
With the reported increase in flu-like symptoms within the university, this precautionary measure has been deemed necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of faculty, staff, and students.
During this period of online instruction, USTP encourages all members of the university community to strictly adhere to health protocols and avoid exposing themselves in public spaces.
Furthermore, this includes compulsory use of face masks, observance of social distancing, rigorous hand hygiene through regular handwashing, and adherence to proper cough etiquette, in line with the aforementioned CDO EO No. 290, s. 2023.
For further information, guidance, and compliance with this directive, members of the university community are encouraged to visit the official USTP website at www.ustp.edu.ph.
As the university shifts to synchronous online instruction as a preventive measure regarding concerns on the India virus outbreak known as the NIPAH virus, the administration urges everyone to stay vigilant, follow health protocols, and prioritize their well-being.
Additional updates and information will be provided as the situation develops.