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Interns Learn To Overcome Obstacles

Hong Kong students enjoy warmth of hospitality   Ten Year Four medical students from Hong Kong are learning from local medical officers how to cope with the limited resources available
30 Apr 2016 10:00
Interns Learn To  Overcome Obstacles
Group of student doctors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong at the Sigatoka hospital yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Hong Kong students enjoy warmth of hospitality

 

Ten Year Four medical students from Hong Kong are learning from local medical officers how to cope with the limited resources available to them.

One of the students Michael Cheuk Lun Li said he was impressed with how the local doctors persevered in the three weeks he has been here.

“Working here is definitely very different from the environment we’re used to. Resources and manpower are more limited here, but we have seen ways in which the doctors here overcome these obstacles with their dedication and passion,” Mr Li said.

“We also had the opportunity to get involved in new experiences, such as patient transfer between hospitals and even aiding in resuscitation.”

Mr Li is here with six other male interns, David Tsz Chun To, Martin Shun Sing Cheng, Julian Wayne Chung Sing Leung, Ka Biu Wong, Richard Chung Ying Mok and Marco Hin Ching Tong and three female students Katherine Kwan Yi Wong, Carolyn Yuen Lum Lee and Chermay Cher May Chan.

Mr Li said this was their first time in the country, but other students from the same college – the University of Hong Kong – have come to the country for their electives.

“We are here for our overseas elective attachment at the Sigatoka District Hospital, and this is our first time in Fiji,” Mr Li said.

According to Mr Li Fiji was a popular destination for medical students from around the globe.

“Fiji is actually a rather popular destination for elective students. In our three weeks, we have met other medical students from the United Kingdom as well as those from Australia,” Mr Li said.

He said he was also aware that every move they made as interns during their involvement with patients was very noticeable.

“Even though there may be little that we can do to ease their suffering, patients here are always grateful for our every gesture,” Mr Li said.

“This makes us realise that our every action, no matter how minor it is, makes a difference in their lives; and this is a strong reminder of why we chose this path in the first place.”

Apart from work, the group has also been enjoying the beautiful nature that the Fiji as a country offers.

“We loved the sun and beaches, but most of all, the Fijian hospitality. Everyone in the community is very warm and friendly; whether it is in the wards or the streets, if they recognise us they’d always greet us with a smile,” he said.

The group will be departing on May 7 and hopefully they will have the chance to return one day.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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