SUNWAY CITY, 2 October 2023 – In a refreshing departure from the norm, Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City (SMC) recently unveiled a new facet to healthcare with the SunMed Carnival. Bridging connections among community members, healthcare professionals, and children of all ages, this community health event was a testament that a hospital could be more than just a place for treatment; it can also be a fun learning and knowledge-sharing hub.
“We strongly advocate that healthcare extends far beyond treating illnesses. By blending medical knowledge with excitement, the SunMed Carnival demonstrated the hospital’s commitment to effect prevention, education, and empowerment towards a healthy lifestyle and well-being. It warms our hearts to witness the enthusiastic involvement of our community and young ones,” said Dr Seow Vei Ken, Chief Executive Officer at Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City.
Attended by more than 1,900 people, the Carnival featured an array of family-friendly educational activities tailored for children, introducing them to the world of healthcare.
It was also an occasion to showcase the new Tower D, the hospital’s one-stop centre designed to cater to the healthcare needs of infants, children and adolescents. This new tower houses the Children’s Emergency – the first emergency department in a private hospital in Malaysia exclusively dedicated to children under 12 years old, underlining the hospital’s commitment to comprehensive healthcare for the entire family.
One of the standout attractions at the Carnival was the ambulance tour, which left children wide-eyed with wonder as they rode on the lifesaving vehicle. At the same time, they learned about the life-saving role ambulances and paramedics play in patient care.
Other attractions included arts and crafts workshops, a colouring contest, and educational games such as a first aid kit quest to help children acquire skills to respond to common injuries and a body organ match where children discovered the incredible systems of the human body. Attendees also had access to booths that offered health and eye screenings, speech and hearing tests, spine assessments, and dietitian advice on healthy eating.
“We had a great time getting our health screenings, eye checks, and speech and hearing tests. My daughter was especially excited to learn about CPR at the ambulance tour,” shared one of the attendees, Wong Ley Peng, 38, who came with his family from Subang Jaya.
“My daughters had a blast at the game stations. One of my daughters enjoyed the colouring contest and my youngest was the first to have completed every station, compared to her two elder sisters,” shared Elizabeth Jonathan, 39, who also attended the Carnival with her three daughters.
Through this Carnival, SMC aimed to foster community and empowerment that will inspire everyone to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Beyond the festive spirit, the Carnival showcased the power of healthcare education when combined with the joy of learning and the spirit of community, leading the way for hospitals as hubs of community wellness and education. “It is a testament to the fact that, at times, laughter truly emerges as the strongest medicine.”