JOHOR BARU: Religious school teacher Sali Nafi, 53, has had numbness on the left arm for a while and underwent a electrocardiogram (ECG) for the first time yesterday.
Sali was referred for a more thorough check-up at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here after his ECG result came out.
Sali, from Larkin, was glad he came for the free screening as early detection of heart disease could prevent more severe damage to the heart.
Seventeen people out of 230 who registered for a free health screening at Kempas here yesterday, were referred to the SAH as of 1.15pm.
The annual programme, which was into its fourth year, had started at 8am. It was jointly organised by Briged Sukarelawan Media Prima-NSTP and the National Heart Institute (IJN).
Yesterday's programme saw the participation of 20 staff from Balai Berita Kuala Lumpur and the Senai printing plant and 45 nurses, paramedics and paediatricians from IJN.
Besides ECG, there was also blood glucose test, blood cholestrol test, blood pressure test, 2D-Echo (echocardiography) and body mass index.
|Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat went for the health screening|
Also at the health screening was an 18-year-old woman who was a IJN patient but she has not been going for further treatment due to financial constraints for the past two years.
When Kempas assemblyman Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat, who also came for the health screening, heard about her plight, Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid immediately agreed to bear her transportation costs to IJN.
"I will also source for funds from the state government via Baitulmal to help the patient's medical costs," he said, adding that Baitulmal helps the poor on a case to case basis.
He commended the medical outreach programme themed "Sayang jantung anda" and urged the public not to fear the outcome as he believed some stayed away from such events because they do not wish to know about their own health condition.
Also there to lend his support was State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad.
"Heart disease is still the number one killer among men and women. If there is any numbness on the left side or you feel chest pains, do go to the nearest clinic for a check-up," Aina said.
She said some patients will brush it off as "wind" when they feel any discomfort.
"Ignoring the problem will damage the arteries over time which can result in heart failure.
However, Aina cautioned patients not to over-exert themselves either.
"You have to know your own body. Some people exercise too excessively until their hearts couldn't take it," she added.
The two-day programme will end today with the volunteers going to Masjid Jamek Ungku Muhamad in Tampoi to give the mosque a fresh coat of paint.