Cops urged to look after their health

  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Apr 2014

SUNGAI BULOH: Amid growing concerns of chronic diseases in the force, Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Shukri Dahlan has urged all the state’s policemen to take care of their health.

SDCP Shukri said a recent health check-up of 202 policemen and officers from the Sungai Buloh police headquarters showed 32% of them suffered from illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and heart problems.

“This is a problem not only in the force but in the country, which has been viewed lightly by all of us.

“It is time we start doing something about it,” he said in a speech during a visit to Sungai Buloh Hospital yesterday in conjunction with the 207th Police Day celebrations.

SDCP Shukri said that while the de­­manding hours meant healthy habits took a back seat, it did not mean that improvements could not be made.

“Duty comes first and there are days when a policeman does not get any sleep or proper meals.

“The stress of the job also shows up in most policemen being smokers but we can change by taking small steps.”

He said one of the changes which could be implemented was replacing coffee and tea during long hours of meetings with mineral water or other healthy beverages.

“I am also looking at possible health talks and activities to promote a heal­thier lifestyle in the force,” he said.

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