A professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham, Anthony Glees, has urged that African students about to return to their studies in the UK be blocked over Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) concerns.
Stop W/African Students From Returning To Britain — UK Prof.
A UK professor, Anthony Glees, wants West African students prevented from returning to their studies because universities cannot deal with possible Ebola outbreaks
"We should consider preventing them coming to the UK for 21 days so we can be sure they are not sick," he said.
Glees, who is also the director of the university's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS), says the returning 21,000 students pose a grave health risk to university students, reports.
"What no one seems to realise is that we are potentially at grave risk from any one of the 21,000 students from West African states who are going to arrive in the UK over the next fortnight," Glees said.
The professor warned that symptoms of the EVD may not be visible on the students until they reach the UK.
He said the institutions will not be able to deal with possible outbreak because of the " lack of practical advice, training or equipment."
"No university has this kind of kit to hand unless they have medical schools. Many universities are in smaller towns and do not have the facilities of larger cities such as London.
"Students are not only obliged to share toilet and shower facilities, but exchanging bodily fluids is something they do with great frequency."
It will be recalled that in August, Universities UK, the umbrella body of UK Vice Chancellors, urged all institutions to prepare for a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus disease as Nigerian students return to start the new term in September.
Student Pulse also reported that 10,906 students (9,728 from Nigeria, 204 from Liberia, 169 from Sierra Leone and 95 from Guinea), studying at various American Universities, will be subjected to severe health checks.
Two Canadian Universities, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, are "taking precaution" as Nigerian student return.
EVD is spread by contact with bodily fluids and has killed more than 1500 people since the last outbreak.
Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, which contributes a large chunk of International Students to the UK, are afffected.
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