UNAM opens Student Wellness Centre

15 Aug 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) – Health and Social Services Deputy Minister, Juliet Kavetuna on Tuesday officially inaugurated the renovated University of Namibia (UNAM) Student Wellness Centre.
Formerly known as the UNAM Clinic, the facility closed doors in 2012 for the establishment of the N.dollars 5.8 million wellness centre that addresses all student welfare such as physical health, psychology and other social needs.
The centre is registered with the Ministry of Health and Social Services as a training facility, and will provide practical and in-service training programmes, as well as internship opportunities to students.
It will also provide guided clinical counselling and clinical interventions to complement the Katutura and Central State Hospitals.
Inaugurating the centre five years after the clinic’s closure, Kavetuna said it will ensure the necessary on-campus support for students who are pivotal to the prosperous future of Namibia.
“It is always disheartening to learn of students dropping out of university due to psycho-social health related problems that could have been averted on campus,” said Kavetuna.
She emphasised that an ideal university is concerned beyond the educational needs of its students and is also interested in their personal well-being.
In a statement read on behalf of UNAM Vice-Chancellor Lazarus Hangula at the same event, he said the upgrade was necessitated by an outcry and increasing health demands for students.
“The renovation period of the clinic saw numerous constraints encountered by our students whose healthcare was catered for by health facilities off campus, to an extent that some students had to travel in between classes to seek healthcare,” he said.
Hangula noted that the UNAM ambulance is now registered as an emergency vehicle and will be used to transport patients in an emergency situation.