student volunteers receive SIUT certificates
Karachi, The director of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) distributed certificates among 205 students from public and private schools of Karachi on Friday, who participated in the 22nd and 23rd Student Volunteer Programme held from June 13 to 24.

The student volunteers from government and private schools all over Karachi participated in the two-week training and volunteer programmes and each student completed 30 hours of training and volunteer work.

Volunteers were divided into small groups and assigned various duties across the facility at the wards, outpatient departments, reception and record room.

The chairperson of the Resource Generation and Outreach (RGO) Department, SIUT, Kishwar Zehra, while commending the willingness of the young volunteers, said that 2,146 students from various schools of Karachi have so far come out to extend help and gained important life experience along the way.

The students were particularly helpful in, and touched by, the pediatric ward. Here they assisted parents and nurses and proved to be a great source of joy and entertainment for children admitted to the urology and nephrology wards, she added.

All the students took turns with more rigorous chores like cleaning the old record room and reorganising files, while others met with transplant patients and came to appreciate their stories and struggles.

Students attended informative medical lectures on hepatitis and diabetes as well as heart conditions and kidney failure. The lectures were conducted by specialist doctors.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anwar Naqvi said that the primary purpose of these lectures was to help students recognise and respond to emergency situations. With increased awareness at an early age, the students also learned to appreciate the importance of preventive measures, he added

Volunteers should strictly adhere to the standard monitoring and controlling systems and the rules determined by SIUT to facilitate patients in the best possible way, Dr Naqvi maintained.

Interactive multimedia sessions were also organized as part of the program, ranging from the history of SIUTís voluntary base to discussions on ethics in medicine. There was a detailed session on illegal organ trade and the new laws for its prevention.

The programme concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony where Dr Adibul Hasan Rizvi welcomed parents and volunteers.

He said he was very optimistic to see the energy and enthusiasm of all the young volunteers and encouraged them to take charge of their lives. He went on to say that the idea of voluntary service must be spread to help address health issues on national scale.

Students participating in the SIUT volunteer programme benefited from the activities at the wards, which for many of them proved to be an invaluable experience. For many, it changed their perspective on life.

By interacting with patients from less privileged backgrounds and appreciating their willingness to face life, the students pick up important values, and in such a positive environment they develop their confidence, social-skills and a sense of charity and social-responsibility.

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