Following up on the decision of the Ministry of Education and Culture regarding the prevention of the spread of Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) in higher education, Malang State University (UM) officials held a meeting on Monday (16/3). The meeting was to discuss preventing the spread of Covid-19 within UM. This was followed by the establishment of the Covid-19 Vigilance Task Force (Satgas) on (18/3) at the UM Rector's Graha Building. The results of the meeting decided that starting from March 17 to April 1, UM would take special precautions in the UM campus environment and socialize the Covid-19 Precautionary Precautionary Protocol. dr. Sendhi Tristanti P., M.Kes., The task force coordinator, urged that learning, both face-to-face and practicum be replaced by using online learning or giving other equivalent assignments.
UM residents also have to do social distancing or stay at home, and are not allowed to move out of town or abroad because it can reduce body resistance. UM educators who do not have additional or urgent structural tasks can do their work from home, for those who have the obligation to enter will be scheduled alternately. These steps are an effort to reduce the crowds and break the chain of transmission of Covid-19.
According to Sendhi, UM responded to this pandemic outbreak carefully by issuing policies that were believed to be mature. "I don't think it's slow, but UM is more careful in making decisions. Don't let MUs issue a policy, but the supports are not ready. That is what UM avoided, "he said. Sendhi also said that UM leadership had been moving since the government said that Covid-19 was categorized as a national disaster.
Not only transferring lectures to the online system, UM also produces hand sanitizers. The production was carried out en masse by students and lecturers of the Department of Chemistry, UM. The hand sanitizers have been distributed to all faculties and placed in public places at UM. As a preventive effort to prevent the entry of Covid-19, UM only opened one entrance, namely the gate of Jalan Semarang. Everyone who enters the UM environment will have their body temperature checked. In addition, if the UM academic community feels a complaint that refers to the symptoms of Covid-19, the UM Covid-19 Alert Task Force can be contacted at 082131702300 or to the UM Polyclinic Hotline: 081357025343.
At the end of the interview, Sendhi, representing the UM Covid-19 vigilance task force, hoped that UM would be free from Covid-19. "Starting from a UM that is free of Covid-19, we also create a healthy environment in the city of Malang," he concluded.