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NUMed’s Health Camp 2019: Enhancing Diabetes Awareness

Clinical students and staff of Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) once again came together for its annual Health Camp on the 5th of October 2019. This time around the event was held within the vicinity of Kampung Melayu Lima Kedai in Gelang Patah, Johor.

The overall goal of the camp this year was to promote health awareness among the community of Johor with a focus on diabetes. As of May 2019, Malaysia has recorded an alarming 3.6 million diabetes cases; this is the highest number in Asia and one of the highest in the world.[1]

“The theme ‘Diabetes Mellitus’ was selected since it is a prominent concern in our country, and we believe we can make a difference through a simple, educational programme like the Health Camp,” said Lavindren Luke, Chairman of the organising committee.

Aside from health screening booths, there were also other exciting happenings such as a Zumba session to kick-start the camp, basic first aid activity, oral hygiene education and colouring contest for kids as well as a mini sports carnival.

“We also managed to collaborate with dentists from government practices to provide free dental check-ups for the villagers,” added Lavindren.

Aside from the camp, a free-entry talk was also organised. “Two of our lecturers at NUMed gave interesting talks on ‘Diabetes Mellitus’ and ‘Importance of Vaccine’ to educate the public on some of the rising health concerns,” explained Izham Halid, Vice-Chairman of the organising committee.

Established in 2009, NUMed is the first fully owned international branch campus in Malaysia that offers undergraduate degrees in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as well as opportunities for postgraduate studies from a UK university. NUMed draws on the legacy of Newcastle University, UK, that can trace its roots back to the early 19th century.

The university is internationally renowned for being one the best British universities for medicine, offering world-class medical education to students from more than 120 countries. Currently, it is placed fifth in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2019 and in the top 125 (Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category) by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018, among others. It also received a 95% Overall Student Satisfaction Score according to the National Student Survey 2017 (subjects allied to medical category).


published on: 12 December 2019