Indians at higher risk of heart disease


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2003

THE Malaysia Nanban and Tamil Nesan highlighted the Malaysian Medical Association’s caution to Indians that they faced a 15% higher risk of contracting heart disease and high blood pressure.  

Quoting MMA president Datuk Dr N. Athimulam, the dailies said Indians below the age of 40 faced a 10% higher risk of contracting the diseases compared to those from other communities. 

Diabetes, high cholesterol level, smoking and stress were indicated as the main causes of heart problems. 

Dr Athimulam advised people to walk at least four to 6km or 30km a week.Tamil Nesan also reported that Indians could apply for scholarships from Yayasan Pahang. 

It said students who had been accepted to local universities this year could apply for between RM300 and RM500 in monthly allowance from the state education foundation. 

The report said that other than Pahang-born students, those who have been in the state for several years would also be eligible for the scholarship. 

 

Malaysia Nanban touched on the predicament of an Indian family who have been living like nomads. 

The daily had a story on K. Sinnasamy, 45, his wife and their five children, who are now staying in a dilapidated hut near Kapar, Selangor. 

 

“I want to send three of my children to school but they do not have birth certificates. 

“My wife and I catch crabs in the mangrove forest behind our hut and can net about 4kg of crabs daily, which could fetch about RM20. 

 

“We have no permanent place to live and move around like nomads,” the paper quoted Sinnasamy as saying.  

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