Group provides free medical checks for folk in Prai

RESIDENTS of Prai and its surrounding areas received free medical examinations, thanks to the Nativity Healthcare team of the Saints Chastan and Imbert Catholic Church in Chai Leng Park, Prai.

Event organising committee chairman Dr Delis Suzan Marshal said each attendee went through several processes such as screening for body mass index, followed by blood pressure and glucose tests.

“A total of 160 people underwent examinations and the medical team comprised two doctors and four nurses.

“There was also a special lane for senior citizens, disabled persons, those with special needs, pregnant women and infants,” she said at the recent event.

Dr Marshal said upon screening, a total of 25 people were given referral letters to the nearest health clinic or hospital for further checks.

“Those cases were for diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate enlargement, breast lumps, cataract, giddiness, colon problem and for further blood screening,” she added.

While the medical examinations were in progress, a team from the Seberang Jaya Hospital blood bank carried out a blood donation campaign.

Of the 64 volunteers who registered, 47 were successful in donating blood, while the other 17 were rejected due to various reasons.

The hospital’s basic life support team from its Accident and Emergency Department conducted a demonstration on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to increase awareness and educate the public.

The team also demonstrated ways to manage choking in adults and infants.

There was also a pharmacy counter from the Seberang Jaya Hospital to create awareness on how to identify counterfeit drugs using a smartphone.

Meanwhile, a dental team from the Prai Health Clinic conducted dental examinations for 76 people.

Twenty-four volunteers also pledged to donate their organs to the organ donation and transplant unit from the Penang Hospital.

A team from the Women’s Centre for Change and One-Stop Crisis Centre for Addiction also set up booths at the event.

The church set up a booth to raise family planning awareness on the Billings Ovulation Method and natural fertility.

There was also an exhibition on nutrition, non-communicable diseases and dengue, as well as a dental exhibition.

Church parish priest Rev Father Dominic Santhiagu opened the event.

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