Prevention, they say, is better than cure and effective weapon for preventing infectious diseases generally is cleanliness. The University has made a number of facilitates available to ensure an environment that is conducive to healthy living. However, you as an individual, are required to make use of these facilities correctly, for example:
- Refuse (household wastes) should be placed in covered dust bin/waste paper baskets, and placed in a position where they can easily be emptied by environmental health workers.
- Toilet facilities should be used decently and correctly.
- The water supplied through the university Dam is generally potable, but based on past experience we advice that water should be boiled before drinking.
- The constraints on University facility have informed the situation where rooms originally designed for 4 students are now being allocated to 9-10 students, a situation where students who have secured official accommodation take on squatters is dangerous. Certain diseases spread like bush fire in situations of overcrowding. Avoid squatting.
- The University Authority, through the Parks and Gardens Unit endeavour to keep the University Campus bush free. However some traditional bush paths have been established and snake bite is a common emergency in the Health Centre especially during the raining season. The cost of managing a poisonous snake bite runs to thousands of Naira, if it does not end up to losing life and therefore it should be more reasonable/and cost effective to avoid bush paths as much as possible especially in the night; carry a torch and wear high-hilled shoes, if you must venture out in the night.
This simply refers to the total well being of the young adults. This particular group of human beings has additional health hazards as a direct result of the peculiarity of their age group. Key problem areas with health implications identified with this group include:
- Sex Abuse: Characterized mainly by indiscriminate premarital sexual exposures mostly in heterosexual relationships (between opposite sexes) even though homo-sexuality is on the increase especially among drug addicts. This age of free-for-all sex has consequently witnessed a high prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDS). Most of these, though amenable to treatment, often leave scares as infertility affecting both sexes.
- AIDS as an STD deserves a special mention. This insidious disease has a very long incubation period, up to 20 years in some cases. The disease, once contracted runs a relentless course terminating in premature death. There is no known cure yet. It has been estimated that 5 out of every 100 Nigerian and 25 out of every 100 commercial Sex Workers are infected with the HIV virus. The main route of transmission is indiscriminate unprotected sexual relationship with the opposite sex.
Prevention of STD’s including AIDS
- Abstinence and marital fidelity. The Bible, and the Quran, warmly recommend this. Evidence also abounds that it is a possible lifestyle.
- Limitation of sexual partner to the barest minimum as well as the practice of protected sex.
- Be highly discriminatory in your choice of sexual partners.
- Seek medical advice at the slightest suspicious of having contacted an STD.
- Drug abuse and related disorders. Apart from drugs like cocaine and heroin, certain seemingly innocent “drugs” taken by students to keep awake (e.g. Black coffee and kola nut) have been incriminated in drug related disorders. It is however pertinent to note that:
- there is a strong relationship between drug abuse, crime, cultism and indiscriminate sexual relationships and
- drugs ultimately make a wreck of otherwise unquantifiable potentials.
The only effective prevention is a strong determination not to start at all under any circumstance.
It is common knowledge that this phenomenon has risen to alarming dimensions in our institutions of higher and even “lower” learning. Cultism, like drugs abuse, is a very costly pastime. Unfortunately, the cost is often shared by innocent members of the community and has frequently involved lives. While one cannot claim full knowledge of what goes on in these cults, one has from time to time been presented with the aftermath of their activities. No positive consequence has been encountered so far. We therefore earnestly encourage any one who cherishes his life, limb and future to steer clear of these cults.
Road Traffic Accidents
As a matter of necessity, motor bikes constitute a major means of transportation on our campus. Unfortunately most emergencies handled at the Health Centre are from road traffic accident involving these bikes and to a lesser extent vehicles within and outside the University campus. A few of these accidents have ended fatally.
To avoid road traffic accidents:
- Set out for your destination in good time so there will be no need to hurry the bike rider unnecessarily.
- Wear clothing appropriate to give situations Ballooning skirts have been known to get caught in the spokes of bikes resulting in near fatal accidents.
- Don’t carry too many or heavy luggage on a bike. It has only 2 wheels! On a general note, work as hard but learn the art of relaxation and playing hard occasionally.
The Health Centre
The Health Centre plays an important role in your Health and health related matters while you are still a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. It is therefore of utmost necessity that you understand its rule and regulations so that you do not run foul of them.
- It is compulsory that you register at the Health Centre by the time of your admission into this University.
- During the process you will be asked to fill certain health forms which will be given to you by the Admissions office.
- You will be asked to have a medical test which will be conducted for you for a fee at the Health Centre.
- Amongst the investigations which will be done for you at the Health Centre for a fee are: Chest X-Ray, Laboratory Tests of Urine and Stool.
- After a successful medical examination you will be issued a medical certificate which will be required for your registration for courses and full admittance into the Halls of Residence.
- Your registration at the Health Centre will entitle you to free treatment there whenever you are ill and so long as you are a bonafide student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
- Please note very well that if you do not register at the Health Centre and you manouvre to register for your courses you are not entitled to free treatment at the Health Centre.
- Any Health related matter between you and your Department cannot also be authenticated at the Health centre.
- If you travel home during the course of the session and you fall sick you must report this immediately to the Health Centre.
- If you fall sick at home during official holidays and your illness extends beyond the holidays you must send somebody to notify the Health Centre about it and bring a full medical report when returning to the University. The Health Centre does not accept sick certificates from private health institutions except if it is a case of an accident.
- If you fall sick while you write examination paper, you should seek to be brought to the Health Centre by your Invigilator who must have completed in triplicate a disability form normally supplied to all examination centers by the Examination and Records Office of the University.
Students’ Group Personal Accident Insurance Welfare Scheme
Registered financial students of the University are to benefit from the Students’ Group Personal Accident Insurance Welfare Scheme as
listed in the Scale of Benefit below provided the cause of bodily injury or death does not fall into the exclusions list:
- Death occurring within twelve calendar months of bodily Injury.
- Permanent Disablement occurring within twelve calendar months of bodily injury as aforesaid and not followed within twelve calendar months of the said injury by the death of the Life Insured Compensation for such disablement in accordance with the agreed percentages.
- Medical and Surgical treatment for such injury: Indemnity for the expense of such treatment incurred subject to a limit
- in respect of any one Accident
- The death of a named sponsor through accident: The affected student insured would be entitled to a maximum benefit to be held in trust by the University for his/her educational pursuit while in the University. It is essential that every student must indicate the name of his or her sponsor at the beginning of each academic session.
- Burial Expenses benefit only for deceased registered students under the scheme.
- Reports of occurrence of any of any of the 1-5 above should be made to the Division of Students Affairs within a week.