The Health Ministry will provide free health screening for Balik Pulau folk in Penang in a pilot project aimed at preventing illnesses.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the programme would be extended to the whole country if the response was good.
“Malaysians’ state of health is alarming as three million people were warded last year,” he said after a community programme at Masjid Jamek Kampung Rawa recently.
Dr Hilmi, who is Balik Pulau MP, said the health screening would include body mass index check, blood sugar and cholesterol level tests.
He added that women would also receive pap smear tests and mammograms.
“Prevention is always better than cure. Health screening is important for early detection.
“But sadly, most people don’t like to go for screening, so the Government has to come up with proactive measures,” Dr Hilmi said.
He said the ministry had started sending out letters to Balik Pulau folk aged above 30 years old, informing them of the free screening.
“They can go for the screening in any government hospital and health clinic as well as the 1Malaysia clinic.
“We will follow up with the hospitals and clinics to check whether they have gone for the screening,” he said.