The health screening and public forum held at KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital on Saturday, October 31 was well-attended with over 120 participants arriving early for their free health screening checks.
Jointly sponsored by Family Wellness Club, KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital and the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) Perak, participants had blood tests for glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure checks and BMI measurements before the forum started.
In conjunction with the Breast Cancer Awareness month, there were demonstrations on self- breast examination. Plus, eligible female participants were given free mammograms at KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital.
Hj Asmadi Mohd Bakri, CEO of KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital highlighted that people generally do not realise that health is wealth until it is too late. KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital provides free health screenings on Sunday mornings at the Ipoh Polo Ground, as part of its community service project.
“LPPKN had an allocation for mammograms but many women shied away from doing these free mammograms because of the lack of knowledge on how useful these early detection methods can be,” guest of honour, Cik Suraya Ghazali, Director of LPPKN Perak said.
In her talk on female cancers, Dr Zamzida Yusoff, consultant gynae-oncologist, emphasised on the need for regular mammograms for those above 40 years, together with regular breast self- examinations and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and healthy diet. She commented that nowadays, women seem to be getting cancers at a younger age.
Dr Ding Chek Lang, consultant urologist, had the participants in stitches with his entertaining talk on “Men’s Health at 40 and Beyond.” He spoke on the myths of eating certain foods for improving the male libido and advised men on consulting their doctors for the right treatment.
In her closing address, P. Mangaleswary, President of the Family Wellness Club, thanked all sponsors, staff and members for their hard work in making the event a success.