Confirmed incident of bacterial meningitis at NWU Potch

On Monday, 21 October 2019 a fourth-year student on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Potchefstroom was admitted to a local hospital after which a case of bacterial meningitis was confirmed on Tuesday morning, 22 October 2019.

The student is not involved with a residence and all indications are that it is an isolated incident.

The hospital and the university are busy following up with all close contacts of the student. If you are unsure, visit the Health Care Centre at Building E16 to receive free prevention medicine. Meningitis vaccine is still available at a price at Building E16.

“I want to encourage all students and staff not to panic and to stay focused on the upcoming exams. The university is taking all the necessary precautionary steps to manage the situation. We will keep all students and staff timeously informed of any new developments,” says Prof Daryl Balia, deputy vice-chancellor for campus operations in Potchefstroom.

Submitted by BELINDA BANTHAM on Tue, 10/22/2019 - 12:43