In order to sustain the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is positioning itself to remain current in the discourse around COVID-19. Sister Nomsa Mkhwanazi & Dr Thobile Poswa, members of the MUT Task Team on COVID-19 represented the University at a special stakeholder meeting with the management of universities in KZN held in Pietermaritzburg. This meeting had been convened by the KZN MEC for Health, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu in order to discuss the department’s plans and solicit contribution from higher learning institutions.
Sr Mkhwanazi said some of the meeting’s highlights focused on “Sustainable engagement in the area of establishing and having the Department of Health minimum standards for Campus Health Clinics facilities within the institutions with active student engagements. We also discussed how the Department of Health could support Campus Health clinics with medical supplies over and above treatment for STIs and contraceptives to relieve the overburdened state facilities from treating minor ailments. The health department will provide artwork for universities to reproduce fliers and the like. The University Vice-Chancellors were also urged to avail accommodation facilities dedicated to quarantine and isolation of COVID-19 cases.”
The discussions also focused on how universities could see this period as a way of building entrepreneurial skills within universities. MUT’s Technology Station was encouraged to develop sanitizers and other products that would help in the University’s third stream income.