Hands-on ap­proach to phar­macy

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IT is prob­a­bly not news any­more that car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease – most no­tably, coro­nary heart dis­ease and stroke – are the top killers in Malaysia.

The Min­istry of Health es­ti­mates that 73% of deaths among Malaysians are caused by non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, ail­ments which are closely linked to un­healthy life­styles.

Bad life­style habits in­clude smok­ing, un­healthy di­ets and lack of ex­er­cise con­trib­ute to the rise of these non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and wor­ry­ingly, the num­bers de­tected among young peo­ple in­creases each year.

To raise aware­ness on this is­sue, UCSI Uni­ver­sity’s (UCSI) phar­macy stu­dents made it the cen­tral theme for this year’s UCSI 16th An­nual Pub­lic Health Cam­paign 2017, which will be held on July 15 and 16, at Seri Cen­dekia Flat, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

The cam­paign themed “Lead Your Life to a Healthy Heart” will be spear­headed by stu­dents, the cam­paign aims to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on health-re­lated is­sues and en­cour­age healthy life­styles.

Since 2002, UCSI’s Fac­ulty of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sciences has brought its an­nual pub­lic health cam­paign na­tion­wide, pro­mot­ing pub­lic health aware­ness on crit­i­cal dis­eases, the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing a healthy life­style and other health-re­lated is­sues to com­mu­ni­ties in dif­fer­ent states.

This en­deav­our has made an im­pact on more than 10,000 peo­ple so far.

Through this en­deav­our, the fac­ulty pro­vides av­enues for stu­dents to apply their knowl­edge. It also nur­tures the de­vel­op­ment of soft skills that are im­por­tant in an evolv­ing health­care in­dus­try.

This ex­pe­ri­ence, and more, gives stu­dents an edge in the work­ing world.

It is in line with the UCSI’s praxis ap­proach, which ad­vo­cates the ap­pli­ca­tion of

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