South African students need to treat health issues as a matter of urgency – Higher Health CEO

Dr Ahluwalia, seated, left; and Professor Marcus Ramogale, MUT Acting VC, seated right; and other participants in the meeting

Addressing about 100 student leaders from the country’s 26 universities, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of Higher Health, impressed upon student leaders the necessity and urgency with which they must treat health-related issues that are effecting students in the higher education institutions.

Dr Ahluwalia was speaking at the South African Union of Students meeting hosted by MUT in Durban on 30 and 31 October. He drew student leaders’ attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasising the need for everyone to heed the applicable protocols to keep safe. Dr Ahluwalia strongly appealed to student leaders to show leadership in the fight against the disease. We are still losing students as a result of the disease, he said. “When you are back at your campuses, let us all comply with the rules so we don’t spread the disease. We are all potential carriers of the disease,” he said.

Dr Ahluwalia said his organisation had 10 mobile clinics that would serve mainly the rural universities where they are needed the most. The mobile clinics will take care of most health-related problems that are prevalent at South African universities. “My vision is that a student does not have walk long distances to get help. The mobile clinics should bring medication to campuses,” said Dr Ahluwalia.  Students can call a toll-free number 0800363636, if they have any health-related issues.