Nine year 4 medical students from the University of Fiji’s Umanand Prasad School of Medicine and Health Sciences have visited Lomolomo Village for a community medical outreach.
They were accompanied by staff nurses from the Viseisei Health Centre and Medical Services Pacific and a doctor from the Kamikamica Health Centre.
The outreach provided services such as diabetes and hypertension screening, diet counselling, mental health counseling, family planning and a mother-and-child clinic.
The students took an active role in counselling patients on their lifestyle, specifically advising them on diet, tobacco intake, alcohol intake, kava intake, physical exercise and sleeping patterns.
The students also provide extensive information to patients on the importance of family planning and the types of methods available.
They also took an active role in providing counselling on women’s health.
UniFiji says the outreach not only allowed students to utilise practical skills but also develop communication skills when carrying out silent counselling.
They say the aim of the outreach was to provide treatment in a holistic manner to the people of Lomolomo.
This is also part of the clinical/community outreach component of their studies.
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