Hi! I’m Sumaiya and I’m a Year 3 student pursuing a diploma in Health Services Management at Republic Polytechnic. Growing up, I always admired professionals from the healthcare industry. Thus, in the future, I intend to become a Diagnostic Radiographer.

While pursuing my diploma, I volunteered to participate in the Health Peers Programme organised by National University Health System (NUHS). Through this opportunity, I was able to provide support to residents who are at-risk of or diagnosed with diabetes, helping them to lead healthier lives. I successfully served five to seven residents throughout the 3-month programme.

I’m delighted that the knowledge and skills I’ve gained in my diploma enabled me to engage with the residents more effectively. For instance, I’ve been equipped with counselling skills, as well as knowledge on human diseases, Health & Wellness, and Transitional Care. As such, I could apply what I learnt in my diploma, helping them improve their lifestyles and empowering them towards the necessary changes.

For example, as most of the residents wanted to change their diet and start exercising, I demonstrated the types of exercises that can be done at home and utilised “My Healthy Plate” a model for balanced meals leading to a balanced diet. I also conducted follow-ups with them to keep track of their health progression.

I am glad that this platform has allowed me to express my passion through such volunteer work, as well as allowed me to make a positive impact and bring smiles to the faces of the residents.

"If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” – Wanda Sykes

This article was published on Apr 1, 2022

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