NUST Health Services
This section provides primary health care and ensures a good quality of life for students. It focuses on the prevention of illness, promotion of a healthy life style and general hygiene. The NUST Health Services provides the following health development workshops: (1) First Aid Training; (2) Family Planning; and (3) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). It also provides the following health programmes: (1) Condom Day; (2) Pap Smear and Breast Examination Clinic; (3) Tuberculoses Direct Observed Treatment.
Nust Health Development Workshops
Nust Health Development Programmes:
First Aid is the skilled application of accepted principles of treatment on the occurence of any injury or sudden illness using facilities or materials available at the time. It is the approved method of treatment of a casualty until placed in the care of a doctor or taken to hospital. First Aid Training focuses on reasons for First Aid, value for First Aid Training, general directions for giving First Aid. It ialso focuses on wounds, specific injuries, shock, respiratory emergencies and artificial respiration, swallowed objects and choking, poisoning, drugs and their abuse, burns, frostbite and cold exposure, heat stroke, hat cramps and heat exhaustion, sudden illness, dressing and bandages, and bone and joint injuries.
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Family Planning refers to limitation or spacing of births. Decisions concerning family planning are usualy made on an individual basis, taking social and economic factors into account. Family planning workshops focus on different types of contraception methods such as total abstinence from sexual intercourse, barrier methods, condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, spermicides, contraceptive sponges, oral contraceptives, implants and injectable, the intrauterine device (IUDs), sterilization of the male or sterilization of the female and also the importance of pap smears.
STIs are transmitted primarily, but not exclusively, by unprotected sexual intercourse. The infected mother to her unborn child may also transmit some STIs during pregnancy and at childbirth, HIV and gonorrhoea. Some STIs infect sexual reproductive organs. People who are promiscuous without any protection acquire STIs more often.
NUST Health Development Programmes
Condom Day sensitise students regarding condom and femidom usage foe protection against STIs. Condom Day focuses on the correct way of using a male condom and the correct way of using the femindom.
Cervical and breast cancer are very common forms of cancer amongst Namibia Women. The majority of the student population as well as the staff component of the NUST are female. Therefore the Nust Health Services under the auspicess of the Department of Students Services found it appropriate to initiate these clinics.
The objectives for these clinics are:
- To make women aware that cervical cancer can only be detected by a Pap Smear and if diagnosed early, it can be cured.
- To sensitize women who are sexually active, regardless of their age or marital status to undergo a Pap Smear annually.
- To inform women that by breast examinations, lumps can be detected early and be treated.
- To inform women that the test will reveal the type of infection present in the vagina
A Pap Smear or also known as a cell test is a cell specimen taken from the vagina and the cervix (mouth of the uterus) to reveal the presence of cancer cells and infections and often indicates the type of infection present. Cell test has become a routine part of every gynaecological examination, regardless a woman's age or marital status. The test is painless and is done in a hygienic environment by a qualified nurse. The sample is send to a laboratory where it is examined microscopically. Both breasts of a woman are palpated physically by the nurse to detect any lumps, any discharge from the nipples or puckering, dimpling or scaling of the skin. Discovery of any abnormalitites can be treated early.