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UDS Pays NHIS Premium For All Its Students

2006-10-19 17:51:37
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The University for Development Studies is to pay the National Health Insurance Scheme premium for its 6,400 student population. The total comes to ¢460.8 million.

Professor John Kaburise, Vice Chancellor of the university, announced this at the fifth matriculation ceremony of the Wa campus of the university on Saturday. He explained that the decision was in line with government’s policy to ensure efficient and affordable health care delivery for all citizens.

"Arrangements are underway to register all students with the scheme and I entreat you all to make yourselves available when the scheme officials visit the campuses," he said.

"The university will pay the premium on behalf of all students and with that (the university) will no longer handle the health care needs of junior members who fail or refuse to be part of the NHIS," he warned.

Professor Kaburise said the university was determined to address the health and other needs of students to ensure effective and efficient academic work.

The management, he said, was very much aware of the challenges students go through on daily basis particularly on the Wa campus and was therefore doing everything possible to find solutions to some of the difficulties.

He asked the Students Representative Council to encourage students to use laid down procedures to seek redress to their grievances advising that "confrontation and demonstrations will not yield the desired result."

Professor Kaburise said out of 4.328 qualified applicants only 2,640 including 709 females were offered admission. He cautioned that any student engaged in activities to gain unfair advantage during examinations would be severely dealt with.

"I would therefore like you to note that I will not hesitate to facilitate your expulsion from the University for engaging in examination malpractices."

He advised the students to conduct themselves well in the pursuit of academic glory.

"I urge all fresh students to quickly adjust to university life with its minimum restrictions on your social life and concentrate on your studies.

"If this were effectively done, four years down the line, it would be all smiles and joy of a better life ahead when we next gather for congregation," he advised the freshmen.

source: Times

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