OHE. “Oral Health Education”. This isn't an alien term to people in the field of dentistry. It plays an important role as it uncovers the overall effectiveness of our treatments to a patient. It also has the closest relation and largest impact towards the quality of one’s life. That said, it is an annual event that PPIPUM visits a site to provide screening and OHE.
15th April 2017 Representatives from PPIPUM and PSIPUM left for Melaka around 8.30am. Following a bumpy ride, They were greeted by the people of Kampung Parit Penghulu Sungai Rambai. The students prepared a meal for themselves for the arrival and quickly dug in after taking their belongings off the bus. Soon after they helped themselves, they began the opening ceremony. It was just a small greeting with some words by the head of the village. Following the greetings were introductions between the students and the villagers. Soon afterwards the students were given to their respective foster family and parted ways to the different allocated houses. It soon rained heavily and they had to delay the activities they prepared. Though struck with fate to commence the activities late, it blessed them precious time spent to know their caretakers and each other. Soon as the rain subsides, they gathered at the town hall and begin their activities. The noted activities were, lawn bowling which was more entertained by the adults, colouring mainly for small children and “water balloon passing” game that has more teen-players. These activities were held with the goal of suturing our relationships with the people there in mind. To the students’ liking, their efforts proved fruitful. After the activities the students were given the golden ticket to have a short sight-seeing session by the villagers. Needless to say, the view was breath taking and they had to snap a group photo. As the sun sink deeper from their sight, they went back to their “home” to have a quick wash up and had more sharing session with our caretakers over a wealthy dinner. Soon after, they head back to the town hall to have a movie session with some of the people there. After the film, they all head back to have some rest. 16th April 2017 Moments after dawn the students set up the town hall with booths for registration, dental check up, OHE and also medical check up. For the flow, the villagers will go through registration first. For kids, they are sent to the side to be taught on how to brush their teeth. For the older ones, they are sent to the dental check up station immediately. After the dental check up, they proceed to the OHE corner and then to the medical check up station. For the dental check up, dental officers were invited to conduct the check ups. The advisor for this event, Dr Firdaus Hariri, despite his hectic schedule, also attended to lend a hand. The students were only in charge of assisting the doctors during the check ups. Later on around 1pm, they closed the counters and begin cleaning up and prepare the town hall for the closing ceremony. A few hours of leisure time was present before the closing ceremony which was spent with packing up their belongings and chatted with their foster families. At 3.30pm, they all headed to town hall for the closing ceremony. After a few speeches were delivered, they proceed on prize giving for the winners of the activities. Soon afterwards, they had a last snap with the villagers as our ride back arrives. After packing, they left Kampung Parit Penghulu Sungai Rambai. Regardless of the outcome of the event, it is clear that efforts were put into increasing the quality of health of the people who are staying in rural areas. Of course, we're not hoping for a miracle where suddenly dental issues are of nil over night, but we do hope that with baby steps such as this, people will start emphasising on their oral health as much as their overall body health.
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