An associate professor from the University of Otago has praised the push by the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) in re-establishing its on campus health clinic.
The long halt to the clinic has come to an end, with the Vice Chancellor of the University officially opening its doors again to provide students with free health care and aid on campus.
Recently the Vice Chancellor, Fui Le’apai Asofou Soo, stood before the faculty of medicine, students and staff, to commemorate the opening of the universities new and improved health clinic located in the N.U.S. gymnasium.
The Dean of the faculty of Medicine, Le Mamea Dr. Limbo Fiu spoke about the previous undertakings.
“In the past it was mainly a screening and counseling services offered by nurses. It was discontinued for a number of years because lack of staff. Now the staffing level has improved,” he said.
“We really need a service for our students. So we are re-establishing it again, with more diverse services, both nursing and medical. The health clinic is for any general medical complaints that a student may have,” Dr.Fiu says.
“We are also well aware of the many diseases of that are more common in the youth population. So we will have people who are trained in those areas, as well as sexual health and mental health, so that we can respond better to the students.Not only that, but some of our staff may need medical advice, and we are offering that as well,” he added.
He says the health clinic will benefit the students of the nursing programs as well with real time practical sessions to be carried out by the students themselves.
“This will be an opportunity for senior students learning through practical experience at the hospital, to also come in and observe and perform basic physical examinations,” he said
The health clinic is a service free of charge to students of the university, opeing every Tuesday for two hours from 10a.m. to 12p.m. It’s a voluntary effort therefore if any cases are either too serious or would require professional attention, they will be referred to the national hospital for proper attention.
There is a very special relationship between N.U.S. and the University of Otago where students and staff play a vital part in the learning at both universities.
This includes Associate Professor George Dias, who says that the new health clinic Is fantastic for two reasons.
“We at the University of Otago have a student health center, something similar which is very good for the students, but N.U.S. has gone one step further where it’s not only for the students, but the staff, and that’s a fantastic resource,” he said.
“It’s very pleasing to see the different divisions coming together to run the clinic, as the medical and nursing divisions are coming together and collaborating,” he added.
“Eventually they have to come together in the workplace to deliver the best possible service to the patient. So that’s a very impressive achievement here at NUS,” he said.
*Taileah Watson is an Exchange student from James Cook University studying Media and Journalism at the National University of Samoa.