Volunteers of Semmelweis University performed a total of 902 screenings at the National Touristic Meeting of University and College Students (EFOTT). The 250-year-old Semmelweis University was this year’s host of the festival, therefore in addition to musical and sports events, festivalgoers could also take part in health screenings for the first time in EFOTT’s history.
Together with the National Public Health Center, Semmelweis University brought two screening buses to EFOTT, said Dr. Magor Papp, head of the Semmelweis Health Development Center. He noted that prevention services were very popular, with a total of 902 screenings and consulting sessions performed during the event for around 500 festivalgoers (some took part on more than one screening or session). Checkups included blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level measurements, complex body mass analysis, oral cavity screening, dermatology exams and exhaled carbon monoxide tests, while advice was available on diets, exercising and alcohol consumption.
The services were provided by professionals of the Semmelweis Health Development Center and the university’s students. Tamás Hegedüs, president of the Students’ Union (HÖK) said that HÖK sent close to 80 volunteers to the event, and he also emphasized the active participation of the Budapest Medical Students’ Association and the Hungarian Association of Dental Students. He added that vice-rector for education Dr. Péter Hermann, the director of the Department of Prosthodontics, also joined in performing oral cavity screenings.
During the festival, several well-known personalities held talks on various health and general topics in the Semmelweis 250 Civil Domus, including Jani Vadon, Balázs Sebestyén, Feri Rákóczi, Dr. Gábor Zacher, Dr. Krisztina Hevesi and many others, said Tamás Hegedüs. In addition to the various musical events, festivalgoers could also join numerous sports programs – yoga, aquafitness, MEFOB water polo, MEFOB handball, beach volleyball – at EFOTT, which was held from July 10 to 15 in Velence.
Translation: Tamás Deme
Photo: Bálint Barta – Semmelweis University Students’ Union