1 April 2015 – Students from the International Medical University (IMU)’s MSc in Public Health along with Medical students from the University’s Clinical School in Seremban conducted an anti-smoking campaign for adolescents at a semi-urban school in Kuala Pilah, a town about two and a half hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. The adolescents, who are studying in a school with a very quiet and peaceful environment, were full of energy and very receptive to the entire campaign. They were given a questionnaire to test them on their knowledge and awareness of smoking. The IMU students then performed a role-play to highlight the effects of smoking to them. Girls and boys alike were then questioned on what they learnt from the role-play and received a pamphlet on the effects of smoking on smokers and passive smokers. The adolescents were extremely excited and actively participated in the question and answer session.
“From the response that we received, I believe that we made an impact in the young minds. The postgraduate students found this activity which is a health promotion activity, a very enlightening experience.” said Meenakshi Thigarajan, a student from the MSc in Public Health programme.
Article is written by postgraduate student, Meenakshi Thigarajan.