30pc rural Johor adults decline health checks

SEGAMAT, Sept 22 — About 30 per cent of the rural residents in Johor aged 18 years and above are reluctant to undergo health checks at health clinics and hospitals for fear of finding out their real health conditions.

State health deputy director Dr Fatimah Othman said their excuse for not taking the test was the fear of losing their appetite when they were found to be suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure.

“In the first eight months of this year only, 7,941 new diabetic patients were detected in Johor compared to 12,808 new cases reported last year,” she said.

She was delivering the speech of state health director, Dr Khairi Yaacob at the opening of a diabetes and lifestyle awareness campaign for the Segamat parliamentary constituency in Buloh Kasap here today.  

The event, organised by the Buloh Kasap Health Clinic was, officiated by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also Segamat MP, and was attended by 300 residents from the area. — Bernama