RMIT Vietnam NewsRMIT Vietnam extends Saigon south closure to Monday 3 August

RMIT Vietnam extends Saigon south closure to Monday 3 August

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 10:15

RMIT International University Vietnam has decided to extend the temporary closure of its operations at Saigon South until Monday 3 August.

This information was published at 2pm Thursday 30 July 2009.

RMIT Vietnam's President, Professor Merilyn Liddell, announced the measure on Friday 24 July following an initial decision on the previous day to close the campus until at least Monday 27 July.

"We continue to consult closely with local health authorities, and so far the number of people affected by H1N1 remains a very small proportion of the university population.

"The total number of people confirmed to have H1N1 influenza as of end of Wednesday 29 July stands at 29. We believe the quick action we have taken to curtail the spread of the virus is giving us every chance of keeping the total number small."

Professor Liddell said the decision to extend the closure for a further full week, to Monday 3 August, was taken to allow time for assessing whether the small outbreak has been fully contained, and to consider any further developments.

"We believe it is sensible to continue our precautionary approach for a longer period, and the local health authorities agree with this approach.

"The early action we have taken to minimise the spread of H1N1 appears to have been effective to this point, so we believe it's prudent to continue this approach until Monday 3 August to provide the maximum opportunity to ensure all sources of potential infection are fully cleared from the premises."

Professor Liddell said the university placed the highest priority on the health and safety of its students and staff.

The Saigon South campus is maintaining a skeleton staff of essential personnel only during this week, and senior management continue to monitor developments and advise students and staff of developments as necessary.

"We are encouraging all of our students and staff to keep checking their emails and the RMIT Vietnam website for regular updates through the week, prior to the resumption of all classes from the morning of Monday 3 August," Professor Liddell said.

"We know there will need to be some rescheduling of examinations and other student activities. Those affected are being advised of what they need to know.

"We are working to ensure that no students are disadvantaged by this temporary closure."