Little doctors on the loose


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  • Saturday, 27 Aug 2016

(From far left) The young participants taking turns to listen to the heartbeat by using the stethoscope; the childrenhaving fun while learning to use crutches during the Lil’ Great Doc programme at Island Hospital in Penang.

DO you know which side of the lung is smaller than the other?

The ‘little doctors’ replied “The left lung because there are ‘cracks’ on the left lung!” — responding to what they saw on a diagram.

Their response drew laughter from the nurses at the Island Hospital in Penang.

One of the nurses corrected the children by telling them that the diagram depicted blood vessels in the lung, not ‘cracks’.

The ‘little doctors’ then learnt about the respiratory system and had a fun time blowing balloons from straws, which looked like the model of a lung.

Island Hospital marketing and patient services director Dennicce Chia said this was the first time that the hospital organised the Lil’ Great Doc programme in-conjunction with the GROW campaign.

“The GROW campaign is aimed at promoting awareness of children’s growth and development.

George Cheah / The Star / 07 August 2016
The young participants taking turns to listen to the heartbeat by using the stethoscope

“The Lil’ Great Doc programme offers ‘internships’ for the little ones, aged six to 10 years old.

“The children get hands-on introduction to health education and medical practices under the supervision of doctors and health professionals,” she said when met during the programme recently.

Some 80 children learnt how it was like to be a doctor at six ‘stations’ in the hospital.

The six stations were general paediatrics, sports medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, respiratory and accident and emergency.

A graduation ceremony was held at the end of the three-hour internship, where parents proudly took photos of their children.

Housewife Katherine Seow, 38, said the programme provided good exposure to the children.

“My eight-year-old daughter Sara Saw learnt so much in the programme. Besides that, parents also attended talks to get updated information and the latest about medical technology,” she said.

Talks on ‘Kid’s Allergies: Prevention and Treatment’; ‘Sex, Death and Drugs: Educating Kids on Taboos’; and ‘Food for the Young Minds’, were also held during the programme.

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