SOME 500 medical trainees were deployed to 20 villages in the Balik Pulau district in Penang as part of the state-level Kospen (Komuniti Sihat Perkasa Negara) programme.
The trainees from 10 colleges came as far as north Perak to join in the event.
Balik Pulau MP Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya said the trainees conducted free health screenings for the villagers in order to gain more work experience.
“It is also an initiative by the Health Ministry to bring the Government closer to the people,” he said at the ‘Syioknya Balik Pulau Carnival’ recently where the Kospen programme was carried out.
He added that five people from 18 villages had been trained to conduct basic check-ups for body mass index, blood sugar level and blood pressure since February this year.
On a separate matter, Dr Hilmi, who is also Deputy Health Minister, said the Malaysian Cooperative Commission hoped to see a 50% increase in members.
“The commission also hopes there will be 16,000 registered cooperatives and a revenue contribution of RM40bil nationwide by 2020.
“There are 119 cooperatives in the Balik Pulau district now.
“We have 27,389 members and a turnover of RM207mil as of last year while our assests stood at RM250mil last year,” he said.