Rotary Club launches medical outreach programme

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: The Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja is set to roll out its Mobile Medical Wellness Awareness Outreach Programme this November. Its president for 2018/2019 Datuk Seri Nelson Kwok said the programme was aimed at creating awareness among Malaysians on high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high sugar. He said the National Health and Morbidity Survey showed that 17.5 per cent of those aged 18 and above in the country had diabetes; 6.1 million people had hypertension and about 9.6 million people had high blood cholesterol level. “It is very worrying that many of them were unaware of their health conditions. “We believe that awareness and early detection will save lives,” he said in his speech during the club’s 91st Anniversary Celebration and Installation Gala Dinner held today. He said a mobile van emphasising the message of three highs (3High)- cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure will be moving around schools, public community halls and housing areas aimed at educating the public as well as providing free health checks. “The public will be also guided on the simple measures that can be done to help manage the diseases. “We hope to reach 50,000 people and impact 500,000 Malaysians through the outreach programme,” he said, adding that the project will go global in March next year, with the participation of its seven sister clubs. He said in addition to the mobile outreach programme, an art competition themed ‘A Happy Family is a Healthy Family’ targeted at the younger generation, school and colleges is slated for January next year. Established on Sept 27, 1929 the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja is an organisation that provides humanitarian service and strives to build goodwill and peace in the world. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd