600 residents attend health carnival in Jurong

(From left) Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisation advisor Ang Wei Neng, Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer Co-Founder Dr Daniel Chang, and Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre (Jurong) Chairman Goh Cheng Tee
(From left) Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisation advisor Ang Wei Neng, Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer Co-Founder Dr Daniel Chang, and Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre (Jurong) Chairman Goh Cheng Tee looks on as a resident undergoes eye screening at the Health Carnival at Jurong on Feb 28, 2016. PHOTO: FULLERTON HEALTHCARE
The crowd at the Health Carnival in Jurong on Feb 28, 2016.
The crowd at the Health Carnival in Jurong on Feb 28, 2016.PHOTO: FULLERTON HEALTHCARE
A resident has his blood pressure taken at a Health Carnival in Jurong on Feb 28, 2016.
A resident has his blood pressure taken at a Health Carnival in Jurong on Feb 28, 2016. PHOTO: FULLERTON HEALTHCARE
A resident expresses appreciation to Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the Health Carnival on Feb 28, 2016.
A resident expresses appreciation to Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the Health Carnival on Feb 28, 2016.PHOTO: FULLERTON HEALTHCARE

SINGAPORE - About 600 residents turned up at a Health Carnival in Jurong on Sunday (Feb 28) morning to enjoy free eye screening and a health screening, among other events.

These residents, who must be Singaporeans living in Jurong GRC, had free cataract screening, as well as a health screening to check their body mass index, blood pressure and blood glucose for a nominal $2. This fee was waived for needy families.

The initiative was done in collaboration with Fullerton Healthcare.

There was also a free health talk on the topic of alternative medicine for chronic diseases.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is advisor to Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisations, said: "The elderly are especially appreciative because this is held close to their homes, and particularly helpful for low-income groups to benefit in addition to CHAS (Community Health Assist Scheme)."

The health carnival was part of the Project Big Heart initiative, which aims to provide low-income and elderly residents with chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol, with free or low cost medical consultation and medicine.

More than 1,000 patients have been treated since the initiative first started last year.

It is a joint initiative between Jurong Central GROs, Fullerton Healthcare and Loving Heart Multi- Service Centre (Jurong).