Alhamdulillah, COHSAS 2013 (Community and Health Services for Aborigines Programme) ran successfully on 12th and 13th October 2013 at Kampung Batu 14, Gambang. Bunches of thank you to everyone who help in making this programme a reality especially for the KOP citizen. There are a few things that we, as the participants of the programme, would like to share.
First of all, the muslims are still a minority in the village. Out of 40 families, only 13 of them are muslims. Most of them are non-practicing muslims. In other words, they are only muslims by name and the knowledge on Islam are still very basic. They cannot even perform essential routine such as ablution and solah. Knowing that our brothers and sisters in such condition surely is a heartache.
This is where our knowledge and responsibility as the IIUM students should be applied. We, as the young dai’e, who have the energy and fresh ideas should take the lead in helping them to understand Islam better. Maybe to some people, teaching the basic fard ain like solah and ablution is not something that comes in mind when we talk about dakwah, but these ‘simple’ things are the first step in bringing them to the right path.
Secondly, the knowledge on the drugs are still low. The villagers said that most of the community outreach programmes were organized by the medical students and practising doctors. They focused on the medical field, such as the diagnosis on diabetes and high blood pressure. However, the knowledge on the drugs was not stressed on. As example, they may get the drugs from the doctors, but they do not know the proper way to keep and consume the drugs, end up with ineffective treatments. Thus, when we came, the villagers appreciated the knowledge on the drugs that we shared. This is our area of expertise. This is where we should contribute so that the patient compliance can be maintained.
In a nutshell, from the welfare bureau to all, our life as the university students is not about academics and the campus. The community needs us. Go out, see the world and serve them, as it is our role to spread the knowledge on Islam and pharmacy to all. In shaa Allah, if we try, all of us can contribute and give benefits the world.
Welfare Bureau of IPhA