MEN should have regular medical check-ups every six months, even in the absence of ailments to detect early warning signs of disease or illness.
Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi said this was to ensure good health, especially if a particular disease ran in the family.
“Health screenings, every six months, is important for all ages. Discovering an illness, be it heart blockages or diabetes, at an early stage, will stand a better chance of success with treatment,” she said.
She added that people were afraid to go for health screenings for fear of the diagnosis.
“Health screenings are important as medical personnel will get a clearer picture of what is causing a recurring headache or sudden weight loss.
“People with diabetes will show sudden weight loss or urinating often and if diabetes is noted, then it can be controlled,” she said.
Dr Daroyah said men tend to shy away from regular visits to the doctor as it is seen as a sign of weakness.
“This kind of thinking must be eradicated. We want men in Selangor to go for regular prostate health examinations as men over 50 years are prone to this kind of problems.
“The Selangor government is offering free health screening for men where Prostate Specific Antigen test is done for men from age 35 and above,” she said.
Last Thursday, Dr Daroyah launched the Selangor Health Screening Programme at the State Secretariat in Shah Alam. The state government has allocated RM291,500 for 4,400 civil servants to have their health check-up.
“Our state health programme covers all civil servants in the local authorities.
“Next year, the programme will be extended to Selangor citizens who are receiving welfare allowance, pensioners as well as those with a household income of RM3,000 and below.
“They will go through five different tests – lipid profile, glucose, kidney function, liver function and prostate cancer test. For women, we will add mammogram tests,” she said.
Dr Daroyah said under the state Budget 2017, RM125mil had been allocated to implement the “Peduli Sihat Scheme” offering free healthcare services to 250,000 families or one million Selangor citizens.