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Alumni of Manipal American University of Antigua, College of Medicine, Creating Success Stories

Press Trust of India  |  BANGALORE 

/ -- The alumni of American University of Antigua, are certainly the perfect of The community of their alumni mirrors AUA's success at what they stand for, that is shaping well-rounded doctors through their global medicine program to address the projected shortage of physicians globally. A recent U.S. study reveals that alone is short of 6 lakh doctors and 2 million nurses.

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We bring you an inspiring story from about the success of Dr. Swaiman Singh's Medical Camps.

In March, Dr. Swaiman Singh, (AUA) - Class of 2015, organized a series of medical camps in three cities in the state of Punjab, India, where he grew up. In each of the camps, in Pakhoke, Jalandhar, and Ludhiana, large numbers of residents turned out for preventive care check-ups, health screenings, and other

The camp saw around 4,000 patients on the first day, as reported by After the camps, they did personal follow-ups in two out of three places. The camp received five days of follow-up, and the camp had two days. The camp received follow-up over the phone by them and in person through local doctors there.

A team of physicians from a wide variety of fields, including surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, dental, and ophthalmology, joined Dr. Singh. Several non-profit organizations donated medication, and of Nursing students and instructors volunteered to help.

Dr. Singh said that the goals for the camps were to learn about the are affecting the local populations in different parts of India, to see what he and others can do to help in the future, and to build enthusiasm around social work in the local community.

Dr. Singh said, "They learned a lot. Some of the major takeaways were that mellitus (DM) and (HTN) are big problems, as well as alcohol, steroid, and antihistamine abuse. Skin care is a challenge due to pollution and bad sanitation. Lack of education and screening opportunities also pose ongoing obstacles. There's a huge need for doctors in but having more practitioners might help close the gap. On the positive side, and (COPD) are close to non-existent because smoking isn't common."

The medical camps resulted in the following successes:

Testing more than 800 attendees' eyes and giving out more than 200 pairs of prescription eyeglasses Administering dental and eye check-ups and giving toothbrushes to all school children Performing 300 electrocardiography tests Testing and diagnosing many patients with and high blood pressure Using Apple Watches as a screening tool to identify atrial fibrillation, and diagnosing five attendees Conducting screenings, including mammograms Providing free medication and guidance to attendees Dr. Singh is already looking ahead to the medical camps he is planning for 2020, which will be held from March 14 to 28.

According Dr. Singh, they would need to keep the focus on dermatology, HTN, DM, heart disease, headaches, pain, gastritis, oncology, and OBGYN services. They would be looking to meet more innovators, as they feel using Apple Watches was a huge success. For the next year, they are planning to use other new technologies that are cost-effective. They have already reached out to couple of companies, including one that makes stethoscopes and another that makes portable EKG machines. They are looking forward to expanding their efforts to help as many people as possible.

Since compassion and humanity is the foundation of the global medical program, has philanthropically come forward to support one of the world's most challenging and ignored social cause of elderly care, by co-sponsoring a musical event in aid of Omashram Trust Old Age Home,

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About (AUA)

(AUA) is an accredited, for-profit medical school in the and is in In 2008, Bengaluru-based Manipal Education and (MEMG) purchased the college from New York-based Greater Learning Resources, and formed Manipal Education Americas, LLC. In 2006, was approved by the State Education Department and, in 2011, recognized by the

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:55 IST