The Silliman University Medical Students’ Association (SUMSA) was recognized as one of the Dr. Fernando B. Sanchez Ten Most Outstanding Medical Student Organizations (TOMSO) 2018 Awardees last Feb. 7 at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
TOMSO is a national award that aims to recognize medical student councils, medical student organizations and groups of medical students from Association of Philippine Medical Colleges member-schools who excel in delivering community service programs, activities or projects.
The award was in recognition of SUMSA’s “community-oriented and socially responsive” project, #GO4ther4Health.
#GO4ther4Health project was inspired by the Department of Health’s GO4Health Campaign (Go Sigla, Go Slow Sa Tagay, Go Smoke-Free, Go Sustansya) in 2013.
It The SUMSA project aimed to “promote the health of its target population in line with the changing needs and demands of the times along with the development of medical students who are committed in social mobilization and service through the successful implementation of its four components: #GO4ther sa Healthy Lifestyle, #GO4ther sa Healthy Nutrition and Hygiene, #GO4ther sa Healthy Environment and #GO4ther sa Health ng Others.”
For #GO4ther sa Healthy Lifestyle, SUMSA conducted five health education classes in barangays and the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs about lifestyle-related diseases. It also provided diagnostics and free services with the city health office and nearby clinics or hospitals, did fifteen case finding activities of hypertensive individuals throughout the city and held eight zumba classes for community leaders in Dumaguete.
For #GO4ther sa Healthy Nutrition and Hygiene, SUMSA conducted five health education classes in preschools and the city jail and two feeding sessions at the barangay with the highest incidence of malnutrition in Dumaguete.
For #GO4ther sa Healthy Environment, SUMSA did six coastal cleanups along Dumaguete’s coastal barangays, two health education classes and four search-and-destroy activities of dengue breeding sites in two barangays with the highest incidence of dengue.
For #GO4ther sa Health of Others, SUMSA conducted two bloodletting activities, two blood typing activities throughout SU, essay-writing and poster-making competitions about Mental Health among senior high schools in Dumaguete.
The said activities ran from June to November last year.SUMSA received the P3, 000 in cash and a special trophy.