Raising awareness through health carnival


FREE health screening, dental treatment, a blood donation campaign and many more activities will be held at a health carnival, happening this Aug 6.


The one-day ‘Jom Sihat’ health carnival, organised by Pertubuhan Belia Liga Muslim Pulau Pinang and supported by the Pengkalan Kota constituency service centre and Lebuh Macallum MPKK (Village Community Management Council), is expected to draw hundreds of visitors.


It will be held at the Lebuh Macallum community hall from 8am to 4pm.


Pertubuhan Belia Liga Muslim Pulau Pinang president Jamil Gani said the objective of the event was to increase awareness among the public to do regular health check-ups, educate the people, and create awareness of the importance of being healthy.


“Among the programmes which will be held on that day are free health screening by the Penang Hospital medical team, free dental treatment, and others.


“We also have a blood donation campaign that will be held simultaneously. We welcome the public to donate their blood and support the blood bank of the Penang Hospital.


“The public can check out the exhibitions by the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) and the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK).


“Take this opportunity to visit the health carnival this weekend,” Jamil told a press conference at Pengkalan Kota constituency service centre, Lintang Macallum 2 in George Town yesterday (Aug 3).


Also present was Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi Zi Sen.


Gooi commended the association for such an initiative.


“This health carnival is in line with the LovePENANG campaign that was recently launched by the state government to encourage the community to hold activities and promote the LovePENANG spirit.


“This carnival can also help to ease the burden of the people especially those from the lower income group who require health check-ups.


“Regularly, we find some with serious illnesses which are too late to be treated. So, prevention is better than cure.


“With the rising cost of living, such initiative is very timely. We call on the community to prioritise healthcare, and cultivate healthy practices and lifestyle,” he said.

Story and pix by Riadz Akmal