Medical & Dental Outreach to Kg Lokub

Medical & Dental Outreach to Kg Lokub

Aspiring medical students on a one-day Medical & Dental Outreach in Kg Lokub, Tuaran

On 2 December 2012, A3 Education and Training successfully organised a one-day student volunteer programme for aspiring medical students at Kg Lokub, a village by the Kiulu River in the Tuaran District about 1.5hrs drive north of Kota Kinabalu city. The activity was organised as part of a larger Medical & Dental Outreach programme organised by Rotary Club of Luyang and Tuaran District Hospital. It was held at SK Lokub, a primary school with suitable facilities and reliable supply of electricity and water.

Aimed at reaching between 200 to 250 community members, a total of 8 medical doctors and 1 dental team delivered basic medical and dental checks, treatments and medications to the target recipients. At the end of the one-day programme, the medical team has delivered various checks and treatments to about 150 adults and 50 children and the dental team saw close to 70 patients seeking dental treatments.

The volunteers were made up of 7 medical and one law students that are about to leave for their further studies in various medical foundation and A-Level programmes locally and overseas. The student volunteers provided non-medical assistance to healthcare professionals including doctors, dentist, pharmacist and nutritionists. They helped prepare food and served lunch and milk to children, distribute donations of clothes and provide assistance to the Rotarian in crowd-control.

This activity provided the students with an opportunity to observe medical professionals in action, interact and even provide basic assistance to the patients. They had direct access to the doctors and specialists as each of them was assigned to one throughout the programme. There were plenty of discussions and mentoring, and for most of the students this was their first ever experience in a field that they have chosen as their future career.

Ms Amy Tan, Marketing Manager for A3 said, “We want to provide the students with an actual field experience and observe first-hand medical professional on the job, an opportunity to have one-to-one discussion with said professionals on subjects such as their journey to become a doctor, or specialisations in programmes. Ultimately, this will also help them build a better Personal Statement for their university entrance interviews. We hope by providing this platform, our student volunteers will be able to make a better and wiser decision for their future”

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