Hands-on approach to pharmacy
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