Riot urges Serian folks to erase fear of health checkups

Riot (in white) with Dr Sharifah visiting the exhibition booths at the event.

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By Jacob Achoi

SERIAN, Aug 19: Fear is one of the contributing factors to the low turnout among the public when it comes to health checks.

Special Envoy to Korea, Taiwan and Japan Dato Sri Richard Riot has urged the people to avoid such an attitude and go for regular health screenings.

“It is very important for the people to know their health status, which should be a life long process, so they must go for health screening.

“The attitude of being scared to go for health checkups needs to be erased,” Riot pointed out.

Riot, who is Serian MP, stressed this when officiating at the launching of ‘Jelajah Agenda Nasional Malaysia Sihat (ANMS)’ Serian level at the compound of LePapa Market Serian here today.

Riot revealed that only 524 (42.7 per cent) of the targeted 1,225 B40 group had come forward for their health screenings in Serian.

Quoting data from the Health Ministry, Riot said one out of five persons suffered from diabetes, three out of 10 persons have hypertension, while four out of 10 persons have high cholesterol levels.

“In view of this, it is very important to have regular health screenings conducted,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, Epidemiology officer Dr Sharifah Noraskhin Wan Ahmad said people who suffered from non-contagious diseases (NCD) such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease are at high risk from developing complications should they be infected with Covid-19. — DayakDaily