Aust medical students visit schools to talk about health issues

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A GROUP of medical students from the University of Technology in Queensland, Australia, are using their study week to educate PNG students on health issues.
Evelyn Soh, 25, a third-year Masters student originally from Mendi in Southern Highlands-led her 13 university colleagues in sharing their views about nutrition, hygiene, sexual health, mental health and healthy relationships.
“We are trying to reach hundreds of young people and teach them health habits so that they are less likely to get sick,” Soh said.
Soh attended Marienville Secondary School in Port Moresby from 2007 to 2011 before joining the Queensland University of Technology on a private sponsorship.
She noticed many health issues students were exposed to such as menstruation, pregnancy, bullying, unhealthy diets and junk food.
“I formed the PNG Health Project Foundation last year to bring my colleagues to visit primary and secondary schools in the country and educate them on these issues, “she said.
“Thank God that my friends supported the idea, and the school for providing airfares for the 14 of us,” she said.
The group also visited Della Selle Secondary School, St Michael’s Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and St Peters Primary School in Port Moresby.

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