Ruprai Amarinda Singh, a first-year medical student, noted how pleased fiesta visitors were to have the chance to have their blood pressure checked and said that the day had gone smoothly: “People have been very nice”.
Another student, Singey Lhendup, who is in his third year of medical studies noted: “It’s been great working with patients that have been both very young and very old. That’s great practice”.
A second-year medical student, M. Kenan Rahima, said that it had been interesting to work towards overcoming language-barriers with the mainly Cypriot patients, and also blocking out the surrounding noise. In this case it was the happy noise of the fiesta, but one day it could be the noise of a bustling hospital emergency room.
Accompanying the medical students, Medical School Communications Officer Argyris Evangelou explained that they had been divided into two groups throughout the day, one canvassing the crowds to invite prospective patients and the other actually performing the blood pressure tests. “The fiesta visitors, and Cypriots in particular, have really embraced the effort,” he added.
It was not only the fiesta visitors that appreciated the students’ efforts, though. Speaking on behalf of the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society’s Executive Committee for 2017, Dr Marlen Demetriou noted the Medical School’s presence along with other University of Nicosia departments. Also an Associate Professor of the UNIC School of Business, Dr Demetriou noted that UNIC was a long-term supporter of the Society’s efforts and its Holiday Season Fiesta.