SETTING UP THE YOUTH FRIENDLY CLINIC AT THE CENTRE
During the period under review, a youth friendly clinic was set up at the Youth Development Centre. The
clinic is fully equipped with drugs and all the necessary facilities and manned by qualified medical personnel,
which include a doctor and a nurse.
The establishment of the clinic is borne out of the fact that young people rarely visit orthodox public
hospitals and clinics for fear of being exposed. Studies indicate that young people often compromise their health
by seeking medical attention and obtaining drugs and treatment from quacks where they are sure of confidentiality.
In addition, the negative, judgmental and unfriendly attitude of health care providers in public hospital inhibit
young people‘s access to medical services.
Therefore the centre provides youth friendly health care services to meet young people‘s health needs. The
health personnel who work at the centre have been trained to work with young people. The medical personnel also
provide counseling to young people who visit the clinic on issues of HIV/AIDS/STIs, prevention, personal hygiene,
career/education, menstruation, abstinence etc.
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