13 deaths alarm university
Thirteen students of the University of Education, Winneba have died since the beginning of this year.
The causes of death are however not known as the post mortem reports on their deaths were submitted direct to their families by the hospital authorities.
Alarmed at this development, the authorities have decided that starting from next academic year, a yearly medical examination of all its students will be conducted to determine their health status.
Though the examination would not be compulsory, all students would be billed at an average of 50,000 cedis for it.
The decision was agreed on jointly by the university authorities and the student leadership.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Anamuah Mensah announced this when the MP for Awutu Effutu-Senya and Deputy Minister of Health, Samuel Owusu-Agyei presented assorted medical items valued at 15 million cedis through the UEW branch of TESCON to the university clinic.
He said the university with the support of Barclays Bank, Ghana is putting up a 1 billion cedi clinic at the campus for screening and to serve students who fall sick.
He noted that students who fall sick on campus are unable to access medical attention at the various hospitals because of lack of funds and as a result most of them instead of having thorough check-ups only get first aid treatment.
Source: The Ghanaian Times