By Khairul Anuar Muhamad Noh
KAMPOT, (Cambodia) – Kumpulan Putra Bakti Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) represented by officials and staff of the university’s Medical Health Centre completed their healthcare mission for two consecutive days in Kampot by providing healthcare services to the villagers and carrying out circumcision on some of the children in the village.
The UPM volunteers team was invited by the Council of Malaysian Political Secretaries (MSPM) to join other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a CSR programme which saw the presence of some 1,500 residents of Kampot. The event was graced by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s representative, Brig Jen Hun Manith, who is also his son, and Kampot Mufti, Zuhri Ahmad.
Both of them expressed their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Malaysian representatives who were in Kampot to extend their assistance and expertise, healthcare services and to give away food items to the villagers who turned up in full force at the event.
CSP MSP programme Coordinator, Siti Bainun Ahd Razali said sports activities were also carried out with the involvement of village children while food items, rice, kitchen utensils, water pumps, six school equipment and five cows for aqiqah were given away during the CSR programme – courtesy of the Malaysian Government.
"We expected the attendance of 800 residents for the CSR programme but some 1,500 turned up,” said Siti Bainun who took along with her five volunteers from other NGOs and five from UPM.
Meanwhile, leader of Kumpulan Putra Bakti UPM, Dr. Aditya Adawiah, said they were satisfied with the healthcare services provided to the villagers despite the limited time and communication problem.
Besides her, other UPM Medical Officers comprised of Dr Hurhayati Mohd Sobki, Dr Soe Min Htet@Hj Mohamed Rafee and assistant medical officer, Muhamad Athuf Azhar.
UPM involvement in the CSR programme was managed by Coordinator of Kumpulan Putra Bakti UPM, Bukryman Sabri who is an activist, a volunteer and also lecturer at the Faculty of Human Ecology, UPM.
"Those villagers treated complained of aches and pains, sore throats and headaches.”
"Dusts, drought and the absence of a clean water supply are some of the factors that have contributed to their health problems. The majority of them work on their own to fend for their family in the village," said Dr. Aditya.
Earlier, upon arrival in Cambodia, UPM volunteers and others from other NGOs were received and celebrated by Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia, Dato' Seri Hasan Malek and embassy officials at the Malaysian Embassy here.
Political secretary to Higher Education Minister, Datuk Abd Halim Jusoh seemed touched by the assistance rendered by UPM in terms of resources and expertise to help the needy and poor communities abroad via the MSP programme which saw the involvement of 24 members.
Updated:: 15/03/2017 [idah]
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