KARACHI: The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) organized two batches of the student volunteer program during the current summer vacation of educational institutions in which students participated in voluntary community service at the SIUT.
The first summer batch, i.e. Batch 52 was held from 17th to 22nd June and the second from 24th to 29th June respectively.
The certificate awarding ceremony of the 53rd batch was held at the SIUT. The SIUT has been organizing these programs since the past 13 years to initiate and motivate the young generation of our country. The program is directed towards getting an insight into the realities of life faced by our underprivileged population at large and also the measures on how one can contribute their part in alleviating these issues.
Director, SIUT, Prof Adib Rizvi, said that he is delighted that students have well recognized this program, parents, and teachers, and has received a tremendous response, which is realized every year by the exceeded number of applicants than the available seats. The program inculcates and infuses in them the motivation and inspiration to tackle these issues confronted by our society ranging from poverty, lack of education, and inadequate healthcare.
He pointed out that our future is in the hands of the young generation, and we should understand our responsibility to help them understand the societal values. He further stressed that the basic principle of every community service is based on empathy, compassion, and commitment.
Prof Anwar Naqvi made out a presentation for the audience to outlining the entire activities in the program. He said that this comprehensive program is based on a six days (30 hours) well-structured schedule in which students visited and spent time in various departments including OPDs, Dialysis, Transplantation, Lithotripsy, Radiology, Clinical Laboratory, Clinical Skills Lab, Basic Nursing Skills, Cancer, Hepato-gastroenterology, and Medical and Surgical Sciences.
The students were encouraged to interactively communicate and engage themselves with the admitted patients as well as the outpatients, particularly the children patients.
A representative of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society conducted a hands-on interactive session on “Basic First Aid Measures & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,” which proved to be a very benefitting session for the enthusiastic participants.
In a jam-packed certificate awarding ceremony, the large number of participants included parents, teachers, students, and staff members, including medical professionals.
The event entailed speech presentations by the volunteers, parents sharing their views, performances by SIUT Patients & Volunteers, and Experience sharing by SIUT’s transplant and dialysis patients.
The crowd burst into applause when Ms Zainab Imran (SIUT Volunteer), sang the song of SIUT “Aao Milkar Baantain Dukh.”