Wits Medical Students Will Return To Campus Next Week


Wits has announced that their Final Year Medical Students will return to campus soon. This comes after the President's announcement on further measures being taken in the Higher Education sector. 

Minister Nzimande from the Higher Education and Training Sector, addressed the department’s plans for the 2020 academic year for universities. Their aim is to do all they can to complete the 2020 academic year.

The decision to not resume campus based academic activity throughout post-school education and training sectors was ruled by the Department of Higher Education as well as the National Command Council. This would include Universities.

Only exception to this ruling will be that there will be a controlled return of final year Clinical Trialing students. This would involves mainly medical students and this return will happen under strict conditions. They will also be assisting with health management campaigns carried out by the Department of Health.

Wits has announced that their Final Year Medical students will be returning to campus on 11 May 2020. This will require a limited opening of the Wits Junction Residence Complex and the Faculty of Health Sciences building, as well as the clinical training platform in various hospitals.

This return will include 314 medical students in their final year of the MBBCh and GEMP programmes. 91 of these students will be staying in the Wits Junction on a self-catering basis.

Wits has also stated that, "An additional 142 medical students on the Mandela Castro programme will also be returning to continue their clinical training in hospitals. These students will be housed, as usual, in the Witwaters Building and at various hospitals."

The following safety measures will be put in place for these students' return:

  • Residences and related facilities have been decontaminated.
  • There will be sanitisers available at all entry points and entrances of buildings.
  • As for buses, they have been decontaminated and screens have been installed to separate bus drivers from students. Bus drivers have been instructed to ensure that buses are no more than two thirds full when transporting students to hospitals, in line with transport regulations. Physical distancing must be maintained on buses and masks must be worn at all times.
  • Staff and students will undergo screening by completing a questionnaire daily through an app before they can come on to campus. 
  • PPE will be provided to staff and students. At least two cloth masks will be issued to all other staff and students, who will be responsible for ensuring that they wear a newly-washed mask every day. It is compulsory to wear the masks when in an open space. 
  • Physical distancing and good hand hygiene is mandatory.


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