For the second year running, our immensely talented budding pharmacists from the Quest Pharmacy Students Society have done us proud by organising a successful online public health campaign.
Following their 2020 campaign against hypertension, the QPSS trained their guns on the issue of Obesity and Weight Management this year.
The four-day-long virtual public health campaign featured in-depth talks by renowned health experts from the realms of academia and industry, health food cooking lessons, and some exciting fitness demonstrations.
The QPSS had the honour of hosting experts like Universiti Malaya Medical Centre doctor Dr Chin Si Ming, cardio ICU nurse Ms Lim Wen Jing, community pharmacist Ms Tan Boon Li, product specialist Mr H’ng Yee Hen, fitness experts Mr Keith Chung and Mr Chin Ken Yi, as well as our own Faculty of Pharmacy lecturer and community pharmacist Mr Khairulanwar Husain.
A flavourful collaboration with our School of Hospitality lecturer Ms Sarvina Ravindaren saw her teaching us how to create healthy, delicious food at home. Some of the scrumptious recipes included a simple summer salad, Vietnamese-style chicken noodles, Banh Mi wraps, and a guilt-free ice cream!
In his opening speech, Perak Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology executive committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin thanked the QPSS and QIU for organising this important awareness campaign.
“The adult obesity rates in Malaysia are among the highest in Southeast Asia, and this is a cause for concern. The public must be aware of how to manage their weight while practising a healthy lifestyle. Community pharmacists play a vital role to teach and manage society, and I congratulate the organisers for their effort,” he said.
Also present at the opening ceremony were Perak Deputy Health Director Puan Zaiton Binti Kamaruddin, QIU Vice-Chancellor Professor Zita Mohd Fahmi, Dean of QIU’s Faculty of Pharmacy Professor Datuk Dr Allan Mathews.
Kudos once again to the QPSS and the Faculty of Pharmacy for some stellar work in organising this year’s public health campaign. See you for next year’s edition!