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Instilling a Health-Conscious Mind

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Yengkhom Hojai Naomi is a delegate and year 12 student at DPS-Modern Indian School, Doha-Qatar.

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I’m always on the pursuit of learning something new, which is why I joined MUN. I attended the MUN Impact Student Leaders summit which was held on the 14th of March. This summit and my own Model UN activity inspired me to hold a Free Diabetes Screening Camp in Silchar, a town of the Cachar district in the state of Assam, India.

I should mention that I have done MUN for quite some time, and this is the source of my inspiration. In March 2015, I attended my first ever MUN conference as the delegate of UK in Security Council, ODTC V at Doha College. As a delegate (MSMUN-Q 2015, THIMUN-Q 2016,2017), along with gaining knowledge, my diplomacy skills grew as well. DCMUN X (2017) is a conference that I’ll remember as the one where I, as an Advocate of Mexico in ICJ, along with my team, pushed myself to make the perfect reports and evidence packets. My experiences did indeed broaden my knowledge and horizons, which is why I was selected as Director MUN of the school student body of 2017-18 and 2018-19. I learned many a good thing from my experience as the deputy chair of GA6 (MSMUN-Q 2018) and I am currently a student officer for the Doha College Model United Nations XI.

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease caused by inherited and/or acquired deficiency in production of insulin by the pancreas, or by the ineffectiveness of the insulin produced. Type 2 diabetes is much more common and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes cases worldwide. It occurs most frequently in adults. Construction workers and families of daily wage earners are unaware of the complications that can arise from their lifestyle methods. Since SDG 3 GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING states to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages, I had held this camp to motivate them to become health conscious and make necessary changes in their lifestyle to lead a good healthy life.

 

Since it was my first time to hold a social service program, I started with a small group of 20 people who were between the ages varying from 25-90 years. During the first half of the day, their BMI (Body Mass Index) was taken as it is an important measurement to know for diabetes and weight management. RBS tests (Random Blood Sugar Level) were taken as well. Being a Biology Major student myself, during the second half of the day I had even taught them about the necessary actions they were to take to prevent diabetes, as currently the number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is increasing at a staggering rate.

The people were taken a bit by surprise and were delighted to see a student holding a medical camp. A few of them, especially the elderly, invited me to their homes and asked me to visit them in the future. Seeing their appreciation and response, it gave me more confidence to continue and fulfil my dream of helping people with what I know and can do.

This was only the beginning, I started with a handful of people, but I plan to make it my lifelong project to hold such similar health awareness programs, voluntary works which’ll be expanded to neighbouring towns, villages and districts.

This experience enlightened me of the many things we can do with what we have learned from school and our own Model UN activity by putting our knowledge to use for helping and alleviating the world to a place where people can live healthily and lead a peaceful life.