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Sunday, 05 March 2017 12:18

Health Screening for Volunteers

Written by  Chong Yee Lui, Kota Kinabalu / Translated by Yip Sook Ying

Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu organized a health screening event for volunteers and their families. Emily Koh Kum Seong (centre) encouraged fellow volunteers to have health check annually. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]

As volunteers are always busy juggling between Tzu Chi activities and their careers, they may not pay enough attention to their health. Thus, on February 25, 2017, the medical team of Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu organized a health screening activity for the local volunteers and their families.


 
Although the health screening started at 7.30 am, most volunteers arrived for registration early as they were required to fast overnight before their blood samples were taken. After registration, TIMA members measured their blood pressure and fasting blood glucose, and also took their blood and urine samples.
 
With thoughtful arrangements made by volunteer Liew Nyuk Jin, the supportive team of Gribbles Pathology arrived at Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office to help in taking blood samples. Out of the 92 registrants for the health screening, only 57 turned up. Other registrants who could not make it that morning went to Gribbles Pathology’s laboratory to have their blood samples taken.
 
Identify the cause of illness
 
This was the second year that the medical team had offered health screening for volunteers. At the previous health screening, there was an early detection of a medical condition in a family member of a volunteer. The medical condition was then treated, and the condition was arrested early and effectively. Thus, when she learnt of the subsequent health screening event, she registered for the event. She was very grateful that regular health screening was organized to safeguard the health status of volunteers. She related, “I am happy with the tender care of the medical team, the delicious vegetarian meal served, and the tranquil surrounding.”
 
Volunteer Chong Yee Cheun would do her yearly blood screening at a pathology laboratory to monitor her health status. With the recent escalating cost in health screening, she registered for this screening without hesitation. She appreciated the fact that the medical team had arranged for group screening at a reasonable cost. Having witnessed the pain and suffering of patients while volunteering at the hospital, she hoped that she could stay healthy so that she could continue to serve humanity.
 
Volunteer Kueh Siaw Ling realized that a hectic life with Tzu Chi missions, career and family could result in one neglecting one’s health unintentionally. Thus, having regular health checks is essential to maintaining good health. To hold the health screening event at Tzu Chi’s office had given some volunteers, who had phobia on health screening, a peace of mind.
 
The follow-up work was to have the results interpreted by the doctors. Siaw Ling was touched by the attentiveness of the doctors, where results were thoroughly explained and counselled with appropriate ways to maintain good health.
 
Safeguard the health of volunteers mindfully
 
All registrants for the health screening event went to collect their results on March 5 at the Liaison Office. Dr Ng Wan Jun and Dr Alan Yap from Kota Kinabalu; TIMA members, Dr Kew Seih Teck and Dr Tai See Nyee; as well as, Dr Kok Huey Tean from Sandakan, were involved in the consultation. They observed that many volunteers were found to have elevated cholesterol levels, and suggested that the medical team gets a nutritionist to share with the volunteers on a healthy diet.
 
Nyuk Jin related that with the health screening, volunteers were more aware of their health status. They could then modify their lifestyle to achieve the desirable health status following the doctors’ advice.
 
Volunteer Emily Koh Kum Seong shared that most of the volunteers were happy with their health screening results. However, as health status deteriorates with age, she encouraged them to do health check annually. Life is impermanent, only with good health can one continue to do good deeds.
 
Dr Kew explained to the volunteers, “Improper diet is one of the causes in high cholesterol levels.” He continued to advise the volunteers not to indulge in fried food but eating more vegetables and fruits, and to exercise regularly.
 
A registrant who was diabetic found that his blood glucose was getting worse because of his improper diet. Now that he was aware of his health status, he said that he will follow the doctor’s advice to improve his medical condition.
 
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The purpose of the health screening was to have the medical team to take care of volunteers’ health, and through consultation and interpretation of results, volunteers were better informed of their health status and could better manage their health. The dedication of medical team is the key in safeguarding the health of volunteers.

 

Most of the volunteers and their families arrived early for the health screening. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]   In early March, the doctors interpreted the health screening results and offered their advice to the volunteers. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]

Most of the volunteers and their families arrived early for the health screening. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]
 
In early March, the doctors interpreted the health screening results and offered their advice to the volunteers. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]
 
Volunteers discussed about their health screening results after getting the report. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]   Dr Kew Seih Teck advised the volunteers to avoid fried food, take more vegetables and fruits, and do more exercises. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]

Volunteers discussed about their health screening results after getting the report. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]
 
 
Dr Kew Seih Teck advised the volunteers to avoid fried food, take more vegetables and fruits, and do more exercises. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]