NUST Health Services
This section provides primary health care to students, which include quality integrated services with the focus on health promotion, prevention of illnesses, communicable disease screening and management, minor injury care, personal hygiene and counselling. NUST Health Services provides the following health development workshops: (1) First Aid Training (2) Family Planning and (3) Sexually Transmitted Infections. We also provide the following health programmes: (1) Pap Smear and Breast Examination Clinics; (2) Distribution of Condoms (Condom Day); (3) Vaccination Clinics
Nust Health Development Workshops
First Aid Training
First Aid is the medical skilled application of accepted principles of treatment in case of sudden illnesses or injuries before taking the casualty to a medical facility or medical doctor. Reasons for first aid are to preserve life, preventing the condition from becoming worse or to promote recovery.
Family Planning also known as contraception or birth control are an important intervention for reducing or prevention of unwanted pregnancies, maternal illnesses and maternal deaths. This is also a conscious effort of couples to regulate the number and spacing of births. It improves the wellbeing of women and their families. The family planning workshop includes the different types of methods such as oral contraception, injections, implants, female and male sterilization, intrauterine devices, the correct use of male and female condoms, abstinence and the importance of regular Pap smear and breast examinations.
Infections which are transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse via the vagina, anus and orally.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Sexually Transmitted Infections are transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse via the vagina, anus and orally and by the infected mother to her unborn child during pregnancy and childbirth (such as syphilis, gonorrhoea and HIV).
STI’s are serious, sometimes painful, and can cause a lot of damage to the body. Most STI’s are cured if treated early.
Sexually transmitted infections are a large public health problem and are among the most common causes of illnesses.
Objectives for the STIs workshop are:
- To provide education and information about STI’s to students;
- reduce stigma and encourage students to prevent transmission by changing their behavior and seek medical care if they suspect they have the infection;
- encourage students to prevent re-infection and give advice about the importance of treating partners;
- encourage the use of condoms that provides protection against STI’s;
- raise awareness among students about STI’s and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of infections; and
- encourage abstinence.
NUST Health Development Programmes
The NUST Health Services distributed condoms and pamphlets on Condom Day as well as sensitize students regarding the correct way of using condoms to protect them against STIs and prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Pap Smear and Breast Examination Clinics
Cervical and Breast Cancer are very common forms of cancers amongst Namibian women. NUST Health Services found it appropriate to initiate these clinics regularly in conjunction with the Cancer Association of Namibia.
A Pap smear, also known as a Cell test, is a cell specimen taken from the vagina and mouth of the uterus (cervix) to detect the presence of cancer cells and infections. The test is painless and is done in a hygienic environment by a Registered Nurse. The sample is send to the laboratory to be examined microscopically for abnormal cells. During the Breast Examination, both breast are palpated physically by the Registered Nurse to detect any lumps. Detection of any abnormality with these procedures can be treated early.
The objectives are:
- to make women aware that cervical cancer can be detected by a pap smear and if diagnosed early can be cured;
- to sensitize women who are sexually active regardless of their age or marital status to undergo a pap smear;
- inform women that the test will reveal the type of infection in the vagina and
- detect breast lumps early and be treated.