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Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:00

Medical Personnel Rendered Services in Community

Written by  Ho See Leei & Yo Choon Yen, Tangkak / Translated by Ng Li Fei

On July 8, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers conducted a community health check-up for 104 people at SJK(C) Nan Hwa in Tangkak. [Photograph by Yo Choon Yen]

Health is priceless. It is also the wealth of life. But many people overlook the importance of disease prevention. Thus, medical personnel from TIMA worked together with community volunteers to organize a health check-up activity, with the hope of enhancing public health awareness and fostering closer relationships with the local community.


On July 8, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers in Tangkak, together with 14 healthcare personnel from TIMA and 47 Tzu Chi volunteers from other areas, organized a health check-up session for the residents of Bukit Kangkar at SJK(C) Nan Hwa.

The free medical services, which included measurements of Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as, oral examinations, attracted the participation of 104 locals. Besides medical consultations, there were also consultation services by dieticians and physiotherapists, enabling the locals to seek professional advice to their health issues.

Bringing peace of mind

Volunteers were at the venue a day earlier to carry out preparatory work; and on the day itself, everyone carried out their respective duties to safeguard the public’s health. Some local residents came to the venue even before 8 am. They included families of three generations and mothers with babies in their arms.

Volunteers thoughtfully prepared some bread and pastries for those who had to fast for the blood tests, and they also helped to take care of the babies so that the mothers could have their medical check-ups without distractions.

This was the third community health check-up session organized by Tzu Chi Muar in 2017. Pharmacist Ho See Leei said that in addition to serving the elderly, who have difficulties getting medical treatments at the hospitals/clinics, it was also to give busy office workers basic examinations so that they could better understand their physical conditions, take preventive measures and become more health-conscious.


She said, “When the patients or village folks cannot come, we, TIMA members, will go to the community to render medical services.”

Guarding health with compassion

Some healthcare personnel took annual leave or sacrificed their holidays to care for the folks’ health. Nurse Gan Lee Chin specially took annual leave for two consecutive days to assist in preparatory work and to volunteer her services.

When Dr Tan Wei Jing learnt that the volunteers still could not get enough doctors to serve at the event as the day was approaching, he not only signed up himself, but also got his wife, Ngian Geok Hoon, who is also a doctor, to contribute. Having served at Tzu Chi’s free clinic a week before this, he said smilingly, “This is a meaningful activity. Since manpower is needed, so I come!” His simple words revealed his compassion to willingly sacrifice his off day for community service.

He used to think that there was no need to hold health check-up event in the community because the public healthcare system in Malaysia was quite comprehensive and even in remote areas, there were polyclinics. But he gradually changed his mind as he discovered that some patients were very passive. That, coupled with them not paying attention to their health, often caused delays in seeking medical treatments. Consequently, some illnesses that were easy to treat at the beginning had developed into serious illnesses.

In addition, due to language barrier or transportation problems, some patients did not seek timely treatments at the hospital, thereby resulting in the deterioration of their health. Dr Tan said that community health check-up activities would allow patients to know their health conditions, take early prevention or treatments, thereby reducing the occurrences of such problems.

Dr Tan is an Orthopaedic Surgeon. When he found some elderly people with joint degenerative disease had stiff and painful joints, resulting in mobility difficulties which affected their quality of life, he generously provided them with free hyaluronic acid injections for the knees. Treating the patients like his family, he hoped that the injections could at least improve the patients’ mobility and enable them to go about their daily lives independently.

Dr Ngian, a Paediatrician, participated in Tzu Chi’s community health check-up activity for the first time. She felt that it was a meaningful deed. Through consultations given by doctors, dieticians and physiotherapists, the local residents could receive a comprehensive range of services. She observed that the majority of the people who came for the health examinations were elderly people, and most of them had the “three highs” (i.e., high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol). Some of the people were also overweight.

She remarked, “Some people lack knowledge of the signs of their illnesses, and some were too busy at work that they did not go for medical check-up.” Thus, the examinations today could raise their attention on their health issues.

Another young physiotherapist was Kew Mong Ting, who works at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. She returned to her hometown to render her service at the invitation of her aunt, Lee Chin. During consultation, she was gentle and patient in listening to the public’s questions, and taught them exercises to improve their health. She emphasized, “Exercise is really important to health!”

Delighted to find ‘treasures’

Low Yoke Chin has been troubled by sore heels for the past few years and could not stand for a long time. She sought medical treatments everywhere, but the medications and injections could only bring short-term relief. At the worst of time, she had to use a walking aid to move around. The doctor’s patient explanations and Mong Ting’s demonstration of rehabilitating exercises had benefitted her tremendously.

“I am really happy, as if I have found some treasures!” Full of smile, she said that when Mong Ting stretched her muscles and taught her some exercises, she felt the relaxation effects and decided to do the exercises as instructed at home. She said, “I want to be healthy because health is wealth.” She has made up her mind to face her health issue with the right attitude instead of worrying about it like how she used to.

Lee Poh opined that many people did not seek medical attention for their illnesses, thus the community health check-up could help many people, who, upon the doctors’ advice, would be more conscious of their health problems and seek medical treatments as soon as possible.

Prevention is better than cure. Through the health check-up, volunteers and healthcare personnel worked hand-in-hand to raise public health awareness and safeguard their health with love and professionalism.

 

 

Volunteers took height and weight measurements for an elderly. [Photograph by Liu Dao Sheng]   A dentist is seen here providing dental examinations for a public member. [Photograph by Liu Dao Sheng]

Volunteers took height and weight measurements for an elderly. [Photograph by Liu Dao Sheng]
 
A dentist is seen here providing dental examinations for a public member. [Photograph by Liu Dao Sheng]
 
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Tan Wei Jing, who did not see the significance of community health check-up event, sacrificed his off day to serve the public upon realizing that many patients did not seek immediate treatments due to negligence. [Photograph by Liu Dao Sheng]   Physiotherapist Kew Mong Ting (left) taught the public some exercises to improve their health. Low Yoke Chin (right) decided to do the exercises at home after experiencing the relaxation effects of the exercises. [Photograph by Yo Choon Yen]

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Tan Wei Jing, who did not see the significance of community health check-up event, sacrificed his off day to serve the public upon realizing that many patients did not seek immediate treatments due to negligence. [Photograph by Liu Dao Sheng]
 
 
Physiotherapist Kew Mong Ting (left) taught the public some exercises to improve their health. Low Yoke Chin (right) decided to do the exercises at home after experiencing the relaxation effects of the exercises. [Photograph by Yo Choon Yen]