Cops to get free cancer screening

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 17,751 female police personnel are expected to undergo free screening for cervical cancer nationwide.

Bukit Aman IGP Secretariat Corporate Communications head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said only those aged 30 and above, as well as in the B40 segment, would be eligible for selection.

“The screening programme is in collaboration with the ROSE (Removing Obstacles to cervical ScrEening) Foundation and Etiqa Cares.

“It is imperative that female personnel undergo such screening as since last year, we have detected 10 personnel with cervical cancer.

“To date, three of them have passed away,” she said after attending the Frontliners Uniting Against Cervical Cancer at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters yesterday.

The programme, she added, started in Kelantan with 300 female personnel.

“The programme in Kuala Lumpur is expected to involve 500 personnel and we will be going to Terengganu next week. We hope to conduct the programme nationwide.”

SAC Asmawati said they were grateful to Etiqa Cares for providing the free screening as the cost for swab test was about RM300 each.

“With the screening, the female personnel will be able to focus more on their work while taking care of their health at the same time,” she said.

The swab test, she said, was used to detect the virus that caused cervical cancer, adding that the results would be sent directly to the patient’s mobile phone.

“It cuts waiting time for the personnel compared to having to go to the hospital, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said SAC Asmawati.

Others present during the event were Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Yong Lei Choo, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre Obstetric and Gynecology Department head Prof Datuk Siti Zawiyah Omar, ROSE Foundation medical technical adviser Prof Dr Woo Yin Ling and Etiqa Cares Corporate Social Responsibility head Siti Hafizah Mohd Zahrom.

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