Thursday, 11 August 2011

Masterskill holds healthcare campaign

KUCHING: Masterskill University College of Health Sciences (MUCH) recently conducted a healthcare screening campaign and education exhibition at SMK St Teresa.
The event — held together with associate institution Masterskill College Kuching Metro Campus — aimed to create awareness among school staff and students on the importance of regular health check-ups.
It was jointly organised by the school’s cooperative and Malaysian Red Crescent.
SMK St Teresa teacher Marjoyln Michael said in a press statement that it was the first time such an event was organised in the school.
She explained that SMK St Teresa selected Masterskill to be part of the event as the college specialises in teaching and promoting health sciences.
“I am sure with Masterskill’s expertise and as a leader in this field, our students will benefit from such an educational event. It also provides an opportunity to give exposure to our Form 5 students on the next step of higher education after their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM),” she said.
Kuching Metro Campus clinical instructor Diana Hui pointed out that many teenagers consume too much fast-food, high-calorie beverages and have a sedentary lifestyle, which could lead to obesity and chronic illnesses later in life.
“Therefore, healthcare screening like this will educate the secondary school students on the importance of prevention rather than cure. Today’s youngsters now are different from those times where students enjoyed outdoor activities and required more intense physical movements,” she said.
Students were fascinated by the nasogastric tube demonstration and anatomy explanation.
“To add in to the excitement of health sciences demonstration, a life-sized human mannequin was brought along by lecturers and clinical instructions from the college.
Other teaching aids including anatomical teaching model, plastic human arm muscle model, were being displayed.
“A large group of students gathered around the mannequin where a clinical instructor (CI) from Masterskill conducted demonstrations on nasogastric tube artificial feeding procedure. CI explained the usage of nasogastric tube for patients who cannot eat orally via the mouth and had to be fed through the tube,” said a statement.
In addition, Masterskill’s physiotherapy students shared their knowledge on the anatomy of the arm using an artificial human arm model, showing tendons, nerves, blood vessels and humerus; while medical lab technology students conducted health screenings.
The event also provided the college an avenue to promote health sciences programmes offered such as medical lab technology (MLT), environmental health, physiotherapy, healthcare (management) and pharmacy.
On top of that, the college has an Employment Placement Unit (EPU) to assist graduates and graduating students to secure employment locally and abroad.
“Studying at Masterskill can be advantageous. In addition to the well-rounded co-curricular exposures, the university college with six branches nationwide also has more than 450 local and international clinical placement sites to provide students a good platform to hone their practical skills,” said a statement.
Masterskill College Kuching Metro Campus is now open for the July 2011 intake registration.
The institution will hold a walk-in interview today (July 7) at the Dalat District Office and Kota Samarahan Civic Centre, tomorrow (July 8) at Kingwood Hotel, Mukah and Serian Dewan Masyarakat, Saturday (July 9) at Boulevard Shopping Mall in Kuching, Sunday (July 10) at Meligai Hotel in Kapit and e-Mart Supermarket in Matang, Tuesday (July 12) at RH Hotel in Sibu and Hoover Hotel in Sri Aman and Wednesday (July 13) at Ming Kiong Hotel in Bintangor and Wawasan Inn in Sarikei.

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