DELSU Physicians Lament Rise In Syphilis, STDs Among Students
– Condemns Abuse of Tramadol, Spanor, Others
Worried by the large number of male students critically down with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the last couple of weeks, the Director, Delta State University Health Services, Dr.(Mrs.) N.C. Nwabuokwu has called for serious caution in sexual activities among students of the institution.
Dr Nwabuokwu and other members of the University Health Services, revealed that a total number of twenty-one cases of Syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections were recorded at their centres within the last three weeks, among male students, reports noted.
Dr Nwabuokwu, who was represented by the Principal Medical Officer of the University, Dr. Ekuerhare Basil made the disclosure today during the health talks organized by Dr. Sharon Osaide Arigbe-Osula, a Volunteer Consultant Physician.
Decrying the unhealthy practices among the students, she described the effects of the disease among the young men in the institution, attributing the prevalence of the condition to absent of protected sex among the youngsters.
She said:” They usually come to the hospital with big rashes in their penis and I keep wondering if syphilis has come back again with force. And the case is high now because male students don’t use protection despite medical advice.”
Condemning the use of “tramadol, spanor, monkey tail and Igbooh,” stressing that the development is alarming, she urged female students to ensure their boyfriends, if at all they have any to use condoms during sex in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.