THE Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja, the oldest among premier Rotary Clubs in the country having celebrated its 91st anniversary, has launched its Mobile Medical Wellness Awareness Outreach Programme.
This two-year programme is aimed at creating awareness of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high sugar – the Three Highs – and educating patients on simple measures that can be taken to manage the disease.
“The National Health and Morbidity Survey showed that 17.5% of those aged 18 and above have diabetes. One in three people has hypertension. And almost half of the population or about 9.6 million people have high blood or high cholesterol level.
“It is very worrying that more than half the population has diabetes and hypertension, and four out of five people with high blood cholesterol level are unaware of their condition,” said Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja president Datuk Seri Nelson Kwok, who together with his board, took their oaths at the club’s 91st installation.
The Mobile Medical Outreach roadshow commences in November and will be available to the public at schools, colleges, malls and community centres.
“We will be conducting awareness programmes on the Three Highs prevention and free tests,” said Kwok.
“In addition to the Mobile Outreach programme, we will organise an art competition in January, targeted at the younger generation, school and colleges.
“The main objective is to create awareness among the younger generation of the dangers of the Three Highs and provide simple tips to improve the quality of life within their families.
“Our aim is to reach 50,000 and impact 500,000 Malaysians. We believe awareness and early detection will save lives. The project will go global in March 2019, with the participation of our seven sister clubs,” he said.
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja has sponsored nine Rotary Clubs, three Rotaract and nine Interact Clubs, and raised over RM20mil in funds, while its programmes have assisted and impacted more than a million Malaysians.