Singapore, Singapore, September 01, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Many people tend to put off health screening until they experience some unusual symptoms. At times, people tend to postpone health screenings for cost reasons and the time taken to go to a medical centre for the screenings. However, people often forget that regular health screenings are very important for maintaining good health. SATA CommHealth has been organising Community Health Days since the beginning of 2010 to educate the public on the importance of health screenings and also to provide an avenue for the community to get some quick health checks at their medical centres.
Today, residents of Bedok and neighbouring constituencies received an additional dose of care in the community as they welcomed the complimentary health checks as part of the eighth Community Health Day (CHD) event, organised by SATA CommHealth.
The elderly are a special group that was targeted for this event. Amongst the elderly, there are two categories of people. One group are very concerned about their health and well being while the other group are resigned to the fact that they are old and adopt a more careless attitude to health. As at end-June 2011, there were three areas in Singapore with more than 20,000 elderly residents aged 65 years and over. Bedok had the largest population of elderly residents with 32,900, followed by Bukit Merah (24,400) and Ang Mo Kio (22,300).(1) With a high proportion of elderly in Bedok, SATA CommHealth has made a special effort to encourage the elderly in the community to attend this event through the grassroots organisations in the constituency.
Besides the basic but essential medical checkups, specialised health screening tests such as Mammography, Audiometry and Osteoporosis risk assessments were also available for the eastern heartlanders, either on a complimentary basis or at a heavily subsidised rate. The community healthcare event was held today at the SATA CommHealth Uttamram Medical Centre in Chai Chee.
In line with the mission of promoting lifelong health, SATA CommHealth also included educational programs such as CPR demonstrations and physiotherapy health talks to help the residents improve their healthcare awareness.
“SATA CommHealth has come a long way, serving the community through the decades. We believe that early detection and intervention are crucial for management of chronic disease or any other illness. Through our Community Health Day events, we hope to highlight to the public the importance of regular health screenings and healthy lifestyles,” commented Dr K Thomas Abraham, Chief Executive Officer of SATA CommHealth.
(1) Source: Statistics Singapore Newsletter September 2011