The Malta Medical Students’ Association - MMSA is organising a series of events bringing together education and health. These events give people a chance to track their health, while student doctors can put their knowledge into practice. Insite Malta asked MMSA Public Health Officer Alex Esposito a number of questions regarding these events.
1. Are there any events we should stay on the lookout for in relation to this initiative?
We have quite a few upcoming events from all parts of MMSA. We also have a series of health checks both at University and around the island coming up.
2. What is the aim of such events?
As future doctors it is important for us to be conscious of the importance of public health, such events help strengthen our skills whilst educating the public and tackling various local health problems.
3. What are the anticipated outcomes of these events?
Our outcome is simple, we want to make a difference in people’s lives. Even if one person is able to detect their diabetes early and control it more effectively thanks to us, it already makes it all worthwhile. Other outcomes would be an increased level of awareness on health problems, an improved mentality related to prevention of such issues as well as an increased appreciation of the fact that monitoring one’s health regularly is a key part of preventing various diseases.
4. Why should people take part in such events?
These events are great opportunities for medical students because they help them to become better doctors who are able to effectively communicate with the public and who are conscious of the importance of Public Health.
MMSA has already organised a number of successful events in celebration of important days such as World Diabetes Day and World AIDS day, in relation to this cause. Follow MMSA’s Facebook page to get to know what else they have in store!