Free screening tests for World Diabetes Awareness Month

Datuk Dr Lai Yoon Kee, person in charge at Gleneagles Hospital Penang (third left) receiving the diabetes logo from Dr Kirubakaran in the presence of consultants and other medical staff members at the hospital.

IN conjunction with World Diabetes Awareness Month, Gleneagles Hospital Penang is organising a ‘Diabesity Day’ campaign, addressing the ‘twin pandemics’ of diabetes and obesity to raise awareness among people about these diseases.

The hospital is sharing awareness on and importance of understanding diabetes and obesity in its campaign, ‘Diabesity, Lose it to Win’, said event advisor, consultant-general, breast, endocrine and bariatric surgeon Dr Kirubakaran Malapan.

Happening from now till Dec 31, the campaign offers all visitors to the hospital free rapid glucose test, body composition test and ankle brachial index test worth RM250.

There would also be educational booths with diabetes educators and a diabetes info-hunt quiz with great prizes to be won.

“Almost one in five Malaysian adults have diabetes. Many people don’t even realise they are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

“This is because the warning signs of abnormally raised blood sugar can appear many years before the diagnosis is made.

“For the past two years, people with diabetes have experienced not only the fear of being vulnerable to hospitalisation and severe outcomes of Covid-19, but also the fear of not getting the appropriate investigations, care and treatment.

“To many people, this fear is not new. In some countries in our region, there are people who have never received the care they are entitled to, and many remain undiagnosed. That must change,” added Dr Kirubakaran.

Yong Zi Ling, chief operations officer of Gleneagles Hospital Penang, said as a healthcare provider, it is the hospital’s mission to take exemplary care of patients and strive to continuously raise the bar in clinical, operational and service excellence.

“We aim to raise public awareness on the prevalence of diabetes and obesity.

“More importantly, the fundamental message of this event is to provide hope and support that we are here as one and to walk the journey together,” said Yong.

World Diabetes Day is an annual global awareness campaign initiated in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

For more information on Gleneagles Hospital Penang’s events and activities, visit

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