KLANG: Rural folks should make use of medical screening provided by non-governmental organisations and mobile health clinics to detect diseases early to treat and better cope with the ailments.
National Unity and Community Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman said health awareness among those living in the outskirts needed to be improved and urged voluntary organisations to help in this aspect.
“The Government needs the support of voluntary bodies and NGOs to reach out to these people as their awareness on health is limited. They often find out that they are suffering from an ailment at a very late stage,” Dr Siti Zaharah said, adding that mobile clinics provided checks for breast cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
She was speaking at the launching of the Health Friendly Programme organised by the Meru Medical Centre and the Universiti Malaya Nursing College Alumni.
She thanked the NGOs for helping educate the public on the need for proper medical care and leading a healthy lifestyle.
She said another area that would require greater attention was healthcare for the ageing Malaysians which currently stands at 3% and 4% of the population.