University students complain about healthcarea
A lot of students affirm that the provision of health services at the university is close to nothing. The rooms and medicines that apparently are available are just for show, they say.
Three years ago, Nashwan Musafir, who worked at one of the departments in the College of Mass Communication, died at the college; no health service was provided. This aroused complaints among students about the absence of the health services.
Adnan Hashim, a student at the College of Mass Communication, said, “There is no real health service at college. There is a clinic, but it is useless.”
A girl at the same college died two years ago from food poisoning. No medical help was provided, so she was transferred to a nearby hospital and later died.
Omar Saleh, another student at the College of Mass Communication, said, “We have not received any health services for four years. Although there is a college clinic, it is ineffective. ... There is a budget allocated for health services by the university, but students don’t benefit at all. Even if the student is only slightly sick, they must go to an external clinic.”
Students accused the University Presidency of financial and administrative corruption. Once students are enrolled at the university, they pay YR 500 in medical fees; in addition, students who live in dormitories must pay another YR 200 as fees for AIDS and other tests in the Central Clinic.
The students pay the fees; health services don't exist.
When asked, Mahir Al-Maswari, a student at College of Languages, said, “I have not seen any clinic at the university except at the University Presidency, where I saw an empty one.
“There are no student services at the College of Languages,” he continued. “How can the health services be available?”
He said a number of his classmates became ill during college. Those students were taken to Kuwait and Al-Manar Hospitals due to the lack of proper health services at the university.
Ali Al-Awadhi, manager of the office of the rector, said there are clinics at the university which provide medical help for students. The apparent shortage is due to the economic circumstances through which the university is passing, according to Al-Awadhi.
“The university has two buses designated for health services,” he said. “In each clinic, there is a doctor and a medical team.”
A recent report by a fact finding committee focused on health services available in the university found that some colleges do not pay the allocated money for medical clinics, including the College of Education in Arhab, Khawlan, Marib and, occasionally, Al-Mahweet.
The committee decided all medical clinics at all colleges must have adequate medical services and equipment. The report was published by the state-run Al-Jamhouria newspaper last April.
The report said the Faculty of Education in Khawlan took the money provided for the Medical Health General Administration. It also found a sharp shortage of specialized doctors. Moreover, in many cases, nurses administer medicine, conduct medical tests and write reports, which contravenes fundamental rules, according to the report.
Only one adequate medical clinic was found, located at the College of Dentistry and the College of Medicine. There are no clinics at the College of Languages, College of Sport Education, or Colleges of Education in Marib and Mahwit.