Beirut Arab University started a preventive campaign to participate in the national efforts to avoid the spread of Coronavirus in the Lebanese community and among the ten thousand students and their families.
Students from the Faculty of Medicine volunteered with the Lebanese Ministry of Health to reinforce its teams at the airport and the crossing borders. Interns and nursing students in all departments also continue their mission at Rafik Hariri University Hospital which was counted a hospital to contain Coronavirus cases. As well, some of them volunteered to work in the specialized isolation section for epidemiological cases.
The Faculty of Health Sciences launched awareness campaigns in schools where students volunteered under the supervision of specialized professors to train school students on preventive measures and urge them that these measures shall be part of their daily routine to prevent Coronavirus and other viruses.
Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, President of the university, stressed that “the national mission of the university requires that students according to their specializations participate in the efforts to contain Coronavirus under their professors’ supervision and it shall continue to provide the necessary expertise and specializations”.
The President also held a meeting with the medical and health affairs committee to follow up the preventive measures from infectious diseases. The meeting discussed measures implemented at the university buildings. The committee also agreed to raise awareness among all students, professors and employees in all university campuses and follow up all the issues that requires public protection from all viruses especially corona virus.
In this framework, sterilization teams continue their efforts on various campuses and university buildings. As well, the students of medicine and health sciences began to communicate directly with all students to raise their awareness about prevention and distribute publications.
The Faculty of Health Sciences at Beirut Arab University – Tripoli Campus organized a public awareness seminar about “Viruses of the Era”. It consisted of four lectures delivered by Dr. Hassan Mallat “Specialist in Bacterial and Infectious Diseases”, Dr. Mona Youssef “Specialist in Bacterial and Infectious Diseases”, Dr. Sara Mina “Assistant Professor in Microbiology and Immunology” at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Rosie Metri “Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics” at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the presence of doctors and students.
The Dean of Faculty of Medicine Professor Naglaa Mashaal hosted Dr. Mahmoud Hassoun, Chest Diseases and Intensive Care Specialist at Rafik Hariri Governmental Hospital for a lecture about “Coronavirus”. He pointed that this virus is from the historically present virus family and it is called corona because its shape under the electronic microscope is similar to the crown. It comes from the animals but bats are the most important incubator for this virus. He also talked about the symptoms of this disease, the most vulnerable people, death toll, and the countries that the virus is spread in according to the World Health Organization.
Dr. Hassoun advised the necessity of protection from infection transmission stressing the importance to abide by the preventive measures to reduce the disease outbreak. The most important measures are washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, consult a doctor at the appearance of the main symptoms of the disease, such as coughing, sneezing, fever, shortness of breath in addition to staying at home to avoid transmitting the infection to others.
Dr. Hassoun concluded his awareness lecture that there is no need to panic. We must be careful but not worried because despite the rapid spread of the virus, the death toll is still relatively low.