A Healthy Start to 2013 for Jurong Residents with Complimentary Health Screening During SATA CommHealth Community Health Day

Singapore, Singapore, April 22, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Jurong residents received a welcome boost to healthy living on Sunday as they made their way to SATA CommHealth Community Health Day to receive their health checks. This is the second time residents in the West have been treated to free health screening since 2011.

Among the complimentary health screening services provided during this event, X-Ray screening tests was offered as well as screening for diabetic retinopathy. In Singapore, the percentage of Singapore residents with diabetes aged between 18 and 69 years old has increased from 8.2% in year 2004 to the current rate of 11.3%[1]. Like many developed countries, such as USA, the prevalence of diabetes has been rising in Singapore.

Diabetes can lead to severe eye problems where the small blood vessels in the eyes become damaged (diabetic retinopathy) and this can cause blindness. Hence, preventive health screening is the key to early detection of chronic diseases. SATA CommHealth organises Community Health Days to highlight the importance of health screening and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the community.

During this event, the other health screening services included BMI measurements, pre-physiotherapy assessment, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and eye tests, together with highly subsidized mammography scanning and some vaccinations.

Mdm Halimah Yaccob, Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC, upon visiting the event commented “Health is wealth as the old adage goes. We often neglect to do a ‘spot check’ on our health before a debilitating condition is found. I’m so glad that these Community Health Days are a regular feature with SATA CommHealth to reinforce the message of preventive health for healthy living, I encourage more residents to look out for such community events to monitor their health status!”

“This event marks the second time in two years that the Community Health Day is held at our Jurong medical centre. With the aging population in Singapore, it is heartening to note that many Singaporeans are taking greater ownership of their health by responding favourably to health screening events by community based organisations like SATA CommHealth. It is indeed an honour to have the Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yaccob to grace our event today,” commented Dr K Thomas Abraham, Chief Executive Officer of SATA CommHealth at the event.

[1] Information Paper On Diabetes In Singapore- HPB 2011.
SATA CommHealth
Andrew Yap