Letter to the Editor: A helpful health center

I would like to reply to the editorial entitled “Seeking more aid for our ailments” that was published in the Dec. 9 edition of The Rider News. 

There are two realities that the author should have considered before writing that editorial.

First, health services costs money, money that, for many reasons, the University is not investing in health services at this time.  The author implies that the Director of Health Services is making a simple choice not to offer evening and weekend coverage because the University feels it would be underutilized.  Let me assure you, when it comes to medical coverage and budget constraints, there are no simple choices.  The students of Rider University should consider themselves lucky that they have an on-campus health center, which is more than a lot of institutions offer these days.

Second, not all illnesses can be immediately cured by a pill.  The author claims that the treatments offered to students, “may not be exactly what the student’s illness calls for,” and implies over-utilization of Mucinex.  The health center only gave you Mucinex because you probably had a cold.  You had a viral illness that would not respond to any type or dosage of antibiotic.  The surge in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other superbugs that have grown resistant to antibiotics has made it medically irresponsible to prescribe them when they are not indicated.  Do not mistake competent medical decisions for lack of effort or concern.

So what is a student with a cold to do?  Actually do what the Heath Center staff is telling you: drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, blow your nose and take your Mucinex.  You will get better.

-Timothy R. Lengle, MA, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Rider University Sports Medicine


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