SIBU: Six medical students from Duke University in North Carolina, United States, considered themselves lucky for the chance to visit the homes of Muslims during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The six are here for a 10-week research on viruses, they have been here for three weeks and also experienced for the first time the Gawai Dayak celebration.
Paediatrician Dr Toh Teck Hock was more than happy to bring them to visit six families on the first day of Raya.
Met during their call on Sarawak United National Youths Organisation (Saberkas) Nangka secretary Mohamad Safree Mohamad Kassim, the leader of the group, Jane Fieldhouse said their visit was “wonderful.”
Fieldhouse, 29, from Washington DC, said they liked the spicy food served by their host.
“I like spicy food. I think it is nice. I enjoy eating laksa and mee goreng since we arrived here three weeks ago. We really enjoy Sibu especially its hospitality, ” she said.
She said they were conducting a research on different types of viruses which included respiratory virus, airborne virus and virus that caused diarrhoea in children.
Four of them are in the final year of their master’s degree in Global Health, another two are undergraduates in the third year pursuing Biology and Chemistry.
According to Dr Toh, the group had also gone to Kapit to collect virus samples.
“They are here to do research on common diseases affecting adults and children. They are the first group and we hope after that we can have different projects for the benefit of both parties,” he added.