The student volunteers are deployed at various academic hospitals of the university.
Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
Students of Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, have volunteered their services to support the fight against the global pandemic COVID-19. A total of 26 student volunteers registered for participation.
The volunteers include students form the clinical years of various programmes under the College of Medicine, College of Health Sciences and College of Nursing. They represent 12 different nationalities, namely UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, UK, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Comoros Islands.
Commenting on the student volunteers, GMU Chancellor Prof. Hossam Hamdy said, “We are not surprised by the eagerness of students to volunteer their services, irrespective of the risks involved, as the world battles the pandemic. Commitment to the medical profession is something we imbibe in our students. GMU students volunteer regularly at medical and health camps for the benefit of the general public. Furthermore, for the students, providing support to the medical professionals at the frontlines will be an invaluable experience and learning opportunity.” Driven by their desire to help the community, the students said that they were happy to volunteer during tough times, putting their medical skills to good use. Many of them feel that this is a chance to make a difference. As for the risk factor, they feel that it entails only an ordinary risk in the medical profession.
“Being at the frontlines is part of our profession. Ever since we decided to pursue career as health professionals, we have been aware and willing to serve the people who need our help,” one of them said.
Gulf Medical University is ensuring that the student volunteers are supported with the necessary trainings, safety gear and supervision. All volunteers will be trained on hygiene procedures for health professionals, teaching them the right way of disinfecting and using protective gear.
The student volunteers will be deployed at the various academic hospitals under the Thumbay Hospital network in the UAE and if needed in other hospitals in UAE. They will be tasked with assisting senior doctors and nurses in all ways possible.
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