Encouraging locals to live healthily

Dr Wee (centre) and Ayer Hitam MCA division chief Ling Tian Soon being briefed by radiographer Kathleen Mason on Makna’s mobile mammography unit.

YONG PENG: The “Health Fiesta” event at the Yong Peng District Council’s field along Jalan Templer saw townsfolk and residents from the surrounding villages coming in for free health checks and to learn more about taking care of their health.

Aside from normal health services such as testing for blood pressure and blood sugar, the Health Fiesta, organised by the Batu Pahat District Health Department, also saw women’s health concerns being addressed with a mobile mammography unit by the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) being made available there.

Incumbent Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who launched the event together with Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min and Johor health director Dr Sellahuddeen Abd Aziz, said safeguarding Malaysians’ health was always at the forefront of the government’s agenda.

“The government spends some RM2bil on subsidies for medicines and another RM1bil on scans and screenings which require sophisticated machines, so that Malaysians only have to pay RM1 to purchase their vital medicine,” said Dr Wee.

“Even though the financial burden is heavy, we will still continue to help the people,” he added.

Dr Wee also praised the “10-on-10” programme held during the fiesta, which saw over 1,500 participants walking 10,000 steps on a planned route around town, while picking up rubbish and looking out for any potential Aedes mosquito breeding grounds along the way.

Meanwhile, Dr Sellahuddeen explained that the “Nak Sihat” health camps had been rebranded as “Health Fiesta”, to provide a platform to inculcate a culture of healthy daily living into local residents’ lives.

“This is one of the strategies to promote health, using outreach with our medical and health specialists meeting residents and target groups today, community empowerment and agency engagement,” said Dr Sellahuddeen.

Besides health checks, visitors were also encouraged to learn about basic cardio-pulmonary rescuscitation, complete with a training dummy, as well as discuss food safety.

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