Regular health screening ‘vital’

Ling (third from left) with Dr Ngian on his left watching how food for diabetic patients is cooked.

SARAWAK: People should go for regular health screening to find out the status of their health.

Speaking at a Health Screening Awareness Campaign in conjunction with World diabetic Day 2019 Celebration, Sibu MP, Oscar Ling said one could prevent illnesses such as diabetes from getting worse if detected early.

The half-day campaign at the central market was jointly organised by the Sibu Parliamentary Constituency Service centre, Sibu Hospital, Sibu Division Health Department, Dentistry Department and Sarawak Midwives Association Sibu Branch.

About 500 people participated in the campaign which was aimed at educating the public on early prevention and detection of diabetes, and also to allow for early treatment of the disease.

According to Ling, a woman who came for the campaign was shocked to discover that she had diabetes.

“All the while this woman thought that she was healthy. But following the screening, she found out that she has diabetes and has been referred to Sibu Hospital for further action,” he added.

Ling said if diabetes was not detected early, it could end up damaging your organs and even result in amputation of limbs as wounds would not heal easily.

He also advised the public to refrain from consuming too much sugar as doing so might cause them to have diabetes.

“Do not consume too much of white rice as research has found out that it is one of the major causes of diabetes,” he added.

On the campaign, he said it would be held again next year due to the encouraging response.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide on Nov 4 every year, but the Sibu celebrations took place a few days later to encourage the participation of the public.

Activities organised during the campaign included exhibition booth offering information regarding diabetes mellitus and HIV, free blood sugar level checks, screening for pulmonary tuberculosis, dental

examination, mental health screening and blood pressure monitoring with counselling sessions.

There was also a demonstration on the preparation of diabetic food by dietitians during the event.

Among those present was the director of Sibu Hospital, Dr Ngian Hie Ung.

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