Directorate of Health Services

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BRIEF HISTORY

The Health Services has been in existence since the inception of the University.  The clinic at inception offered out-patient services only and runs single shift. Later the clinic introduced two shifts, with four bed observation rooms (2), for fairly serious cases.  In 1996, the Health Centre introduced 24 hours service at the permanent site, with limited in-patient facility.   Support services, such as Medical Laboratory, Pharmacy etc, are available.

The Mini-Campus arm of the clinic runs two shifts, morning and afternoon, week days only.  It has only observation facility.  Patients who require admission are referred to the main-campus clinic or State Hospital.

University Health Services’ mandate is to give qualitative health care to students, staff and staff dependants, within the context of Primary Health Care.  It is also the duty of Health Services to oversee the Environmental Health of the institution.

The clinic as part if its activities offers Family Planning Service, free Health Counselling, free TBL service and has Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre for HIV/AIDS, where HIV test is conducted free among others.

A.    REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS
All new students must be duly registered with the University Health Centre.  Students are expected to pay an approved fee for laboratory and other investigations.    A token amount of money, billed along with other fees prescribed by the University, is paid by each student for medical treatment at the beginning of every session.    This fee, however, is heavily subsidized by the University.

B.    SCHEDULE OF CONSULTATION
The clinic offers a 24-hour service throughout the week
Monday – Friday
Students                        -     8.00am – 9.00 am
Senior Staff & Family        -    9.00am – 11.00am
Junior Staff & Family        -    11.00am – 12 noon
Students’ Priority Time     -    12 noon – 1.00 pm
Staff and Students should be in possession of their Clinic Identity Cards when coming to the Clinic.

C.    MEDICAL LABORATORY FACILITIES
There is a standard laboratory where the routine and specialized examinations are carried out at subsidized rate for students.

D.    SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STD) CLINIC
The Centre also operates STD Clinic where students are counselled about sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS inclusive.

E.    VOLUNTARY COUNSELLING AND TESTING (VCT) CENTRE
The Clinic has a Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Centre for HIV/AIDS, which offers free counselling and free HIV test to students.  The Centre also has audio-visual gadgets that assist in educating students about all they need to know about HIV and AIDS.   All clients are held in high esteem; each client has code and every report is CONFIDENTIAL.

F.    FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC
The Centre provides family planning counselling and offers service to would be clients.

G.    TUBERCULOSIS (TBL) CLINIC
The Centre operates TBL Clinic where staff and students are counselled and treated free of charge; courtesy of the German TBL Relief Association.  Laboratory test for clients is free.

H.    PROCESSING OF MEDICAL REPORTS
(1)    All students must be duly registered with the University Health Centre.
(2)    Students who fall sick within the University Campus must first report at the University Health Centre for treatment.  Where and when necessary, a student that is ill may be referred to other (specialized) hospital if the condition so dictates.
(3)    Information about students who fall sick outside the University Campus and had to attend private clinics must reach the University Health Centre within one week of such situation.
(4)    Medical reports from traditional healing homes are not acceptable.
(5)    It is compulsory for all students to FIRST register in the Health Centre, before proceeding to other departments/units for similar exercise.  It is compulsory that students must present acceptable proof of registration with the Health Centre to Heads of Academic Departments/Units before their registration/course forms can be endorsed.


 

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