Health and eye checks for local indigenous people

Orang Asli given care by Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS) and International Medical School (IMS) of Management and Science University (MSU)

Constituting five percent of the global population, with 70 percent living in Asia and below one percent in Malaysia, indigenous people also comprise a third of the world’s poor. Management and Science University (MSU) places on its care list the local Orang Asli and sends out its students to engage with the community.

Serving yet another edition of its Young Doctor Programme, MSU International Medical School (IMS) took its MBBS students to Taman Desa Kemandul in Kuala Langat, where they held a seminar on the danger of leptospirosis and how to curb the rat-borne disease. In Kampung Sungai Lalang, Semenyih, clinical-year students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS) Department of Optometry and Visual Science ran eye tests in a bid for early detection and prevention of blindness.

The IMS ‘ALERT! It’s Leptospirosis!’ project allowed the student doctors to practice their consultation skills as well as measure blood pressure, blood glucose, and body mass index. The fun telematch games they organized brought home the message of living a healthy lifestyle through activity. Contributions of food and medicine sponsored by MSU and industry partners brought on much cheer all around.

‘An Eye for An Eye’ refers to the eyes of the optometrist giving benefits to the eyes of the patient through examination. The 2017 project for suburban Orang Asli is the third in a series of ‘Projek Lensa’ (Lens Project). Besides establishing the patient’s visual status, the student optometrists instilled awareness on the importance of regular eye checkup to prevent sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration, and other visual impairments.

Community health and wellbeing forms a large part in the social responsibility aims of Management and Science University (MSU). Delivered through various avenues, the lessons of community engagement also serve as a platform for its students to develop their soft skills and nurture the Giving and Grateful culture of the University.