NUC Appeals To Universities To Sensitise Students On Ebola

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Aug 13th, 2014
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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has appealed to all universities and tertiary institutions in the country to sensitise students on the dreaded Ebola virus disease.

This, the commission said is necessary and should be prioritised because of the crowded nature of institutions.

The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, speaking at a forum with all Nigerian universities on the Tertiary Institutions Health Insurance Scheme in Abuja Tuesday, said the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease across the sub-region makes it imperative that institutions must take the health of their students seriously.

“Students are prone to being in over-crowded classes, bus stops, and dining areas, it is therefore necessary that all risk factors must be understood,” he said.

Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Chinedu Mafiana, Okojie said 52 universities are currently not part of the tertiary institutions health insurance scheme.

Delivering the brief on the virus, the Director of Inspection and Monitoring of the NUC, Prof. Lawal Al-Hassan Bichi, said it was necessary that the institutions harp on the avoidance strategy as the best approach to stop the spread of the disease.

Bichi, who is a Professor of Pharmacology, warned against the use of unproven strategies such as increase consumption of bitter kola, salt and pepper.
He added that the appropriate authorities are doing enough to stop the spread of the virus, in accordance with international best practices.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas, has said only 5.2 millions Nigerians are enlisted under the health insurance scheme with 62 per cent out of pocket health expenses.

He expressed the readiness of the NHIC to work to reduce the out of pocket percentage to zero, but added that Nigerians must be willing to make the necessary sacrifice.
“Its like being asked to pay for what you do not need immediately, but it amounts to saving for the rainy day,” Thomas said.


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