The university’s College of Medicine, through the initiative of its Community Engagement Committee and the CoM Student Council, celebrated World Health Day 2012 on April 4, 2012, in support of its advocacy by the World Health Organization.
The celebration included health-related activities at the AMA International University-Bahrain. Medical students and faculty conducted free blood pressure measurement and blood sugar screening in the morning to more than 50 people, to whom medical advice relative to their test results were also given.
In a short program attended by more than 100 students, university personnel, and guests, Dr. Amal Abdulrhaman Al Jowder, director of Health Promotion Directorate of the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Bahrain, gave an inspirational talk on health promotion and disease prevention. Shortly after the program, three people from Smart Body Fitness Center led the crowd in an exercise activity at the campus parking lot. This was to highlight the theme “Good Health adds life to years.”
In the afternoon, Dr. Nilda Manansala, a diabetologist and member of the COM faculty, led an interactive discussion on diabetes. The session included two parts: “Why am I diabetic…what do I expect,” which included lay discussion on pathogenesis, diagnosis and complications of diabetes; and “What can I do… is there hope?,” which tackled pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management and prevention of diabetes. Thirty people including university personnel, students and their relatives attended the symposium.
As a follow-up activity on health awareness and prevention was deemed beneficial by the college, plans are afoot to conduct similar symposium on hypertension and obesity in the near future. Campaign strategies will be devised to reach out to as many community constituents as possible.