Medical students go extra mile to serve community

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia Year 5 medical students and clinic staff are all smiles at the free health camp in SK Murni Pok in Johor.Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia Year 5 medical students and clinic staff are all smiles at the free health camp in SK Murni Pok in Johor.

IN THEIR efforts to serve the public, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) students organised a health camp at SK Murni Pok in Gelang Patah, Johor.

Headed by NUMed’s Lau Siew Ping and Ashley Yap May Yee, the team comprised Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Year 5 students. It was their way of giving back to the Johor community who had contributed to the success of their clinical postings.

The event was also aimed at promoting mental health awareness and encouraging the community to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The camp provided NUMed students the opportunity to improve their clinical skills while nurturing values like empathy, patience, and kindness.

The students were joined by NUMed lecturers as well as staff from Gelang Patah health clinic, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA) dental clinic and Hospital Sultan Ismail.

Apart from health screenings for the public, the students and clinic staff also taught SK Murni Pok pupils the importance of having a balanced diet, proper hand-washing and tooth-brushing methods with the aim of promoting better hygiene and dental health from an early age.

TUTA dental clinic staff also provided free dental screenings for 60 visitors to detect various issues like gingivitis, periodontitis and cavities.

Besides the physical and mental health screenings, a blood donation drive and educational talks were held. There was a child development booth set up too.

A total of 10 families in need were given groceries as well.

Overall, the health camp was a success with a significant number of visitors receiving screenings and taking part in the other activities.

Lau said the NuMed team felt rewarded for their efforts.

“With the help of our lecturers and other NUMed staff, we were able to step out of our comfort zone to help the public.

“I am really proud of my team and was especially touched when the headmistress expressed her gratitude to us.

“We all feel our efforts as young doctors to promote public health were appreciated,” added Lau.

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