One of the requirements for university admission is a mandatory medical report. And in every academic year, students are required to pay medical fees running into several thousands of shillings.

Parents part with their hard-earned money with the understanding that if their children fall sick, the university will provide quality medical services. But learners in most public universities do not get value for money.

A majority of health facilities in our universities lack doctors; it is clinical officers and nurses who run the show. Some of these practitioners have very bad customer service, including being openly rude, cruel and judgemental.

Instead of focusing on the medical cases at hand, they jump into conclusions, especially in cases involving girls. And as if there is a template prescription, almost every case is treated with Panadol because that is what is available in most of these facilities.


The only other readily available medical supply is condoms.

The rogue staff usually keep patients waiting for hours. Some do physical exams as they chat or talk on their smartphones.

Most of the medical practitioners in varsity dispensaries do not take samples and run lab tests. Surely, can typhoid be diagnosed with naked eyes?

Due to the wanting services, some parents have lost their children on campus in mysterious circumstances. A recent example is the death of a student at a public university in Bungoma County, which was attributed to poor medical attention.