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Health Services

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organization, 1948

Our mission at Health Services is to ensure high quality health care service for the entire Ashesi Community. The health centre primarily attends to first aid and public health education on campus. The centre refers more serious medical problems to a nearby clinic. Emergencies are referred to the military hospital. The university strongly recommends that students purchase health insurance. International students are advised to purchase travel insurance prior to their visit to Ghana.

  • First Aid
  • Public health education and health promotion programmes (including HIV/AIDS education)
  • Counseling
  • Measures to ensure food safety and quality at on-campus catering services
  • Referrals

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Weekends Closed
Holidays and Breaks Closed


Facilities

  • A two-bed infirmary
  • A private consulting room
  • One network-connected computer, used for research and for tracking community health information
  • Medicine and first aid cabinet
  • A small library with health documents including pamphlets, video tapes and booklets on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, mental health, etc. Public health library materials have been obtained from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, Ghana Social Marketing Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communication.


HIV/AIDS and Ashesi University
Ashesi University takes the HIV/AIDS threat very seriously and commits significant amounts of time and resources to equip its community with the tools to fight this scourge. The HIV/AIDS campaign has support from the highest levels of management at the university. The Health Centre engages in a number of activities in its fight against this disease.

Peer Educators Training
Ashesi runs a peer training programme designed to train students, faculty and staff about reproductive health issues, including sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. The peer educators provide substantial support to the Health Centre in its public health campaign. The Peer Educators Training programme is supported technically by West African AIDS Foundation (WAAF) and Ashesi Health Centre. Financial support has been provided by Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) and Ashesi University. To date, about twenty peer educators have been trained within the Ashesi community.

General Education on HIV/AIDS
Several approaches are used to educate the Ashesi community about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including the following

  • Campus-wide e-mail communication
  • One-on-one education and counseling
  • Group presentations by the university nurse, peer educators, and invited medical and public health officials
  • Reading materials on reproductive health (available at the Health Centre)
  • Display of posters around campus

The university encourages all its members to keep themselves informed about public health issues, with the hope that this knowledge will reflect in their lifestyles. Members of the community are also encouraged to participate in voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) in order to learn their HIV status.

Other Activities
The Health Centre provides training to the on-site caretaker at the Ashesi Apartments to enable him to administer first aid and refer students to the hospital when the need arises. The Centre provides a well-furnished First Aid Box to enhance the work at the Ashesi Apartments, the university nurse makes regular visits their as well.

The Health Centre conducts monthly blood pressure monitoring and periodic medical examinations for interested faculty and staff.

Confidentiality

Health information is kept confidential and is limited to people who are directly involved with the patient's care: nurses, doctors, etc. In general Ashesi's health care team includes nurses, physicians, counselors, and the deans. However access to medical records is restricted to Health Centre staff and is shared with others only upon the written consent of the individual involved. In the case of a threat to life, an exception may be made and information may be shared with the deans, the president of the university, and the student's emergency contacts (typically, parents).

Information Collected by the University:

  • Medical Information Form - Part of admissions packet for each student, this form enables Health Centre staff to track student health.
  • Daily Log - Keeps track of clinical activity at the Health Centre.
  • Referral Form - Enables easy referral of students to other medical facilities and keeps track of all referrals.
  • Canteen Medical Form - Tracks health record of all canteen staff.

Useful On-Line Health Resources

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