Dr Joshua joined HealthServe 7 years ago when he was still a medical student. He started off his volunteering journey as a clinic assistant who carries out administrative work such as registration or packing medication, and he is now a GP doctor that gives medical care to the migrant workers.
When asked to share a memorable incident in HealthServe, he recalled the time he met a patient with a skin condition that was very difficult to treat. Despite receiving treatment from both HealthServe and external clinics, the patient did not show signs of improvement. Fortunately, Dr Goh, our HealthServe founder, then referred him to one of his friends, who subsequently helped the brother recover. After the migrant brother recovered, he contacted Dr Joshua on Facebook and told him that his skin is completely okay now.
He also shared that he enjoys volunteering at HealthServe because he can identify with the migrant worker population. “Volunteering here helps me empathise [with them] to a certain extent, help me love them, and it is something that I want to give my time to.” Over the years of volunteering in HealthServe, he has also picked up a few Bengali phrases, such as “how are you” and “my name is Dr Joshua”, which allows him to communicate and make the Bangladeshi patients more at ease. By volunteering frequently, Dr Joshua appreciates how he can also follow up with the patients and build a longitudinal relationship with them.