Nearly half of those screened at risk of having chronic disease

Nearly one in two people screened at a public health screening event last year were found to be at risk of developing chronic disease.

Speaking at this year's edition of the health screening programme yesterday, Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min said 46 per cent of all participants last year were found to have abnormalities in at least one chronic disease indicator. "This percentage is high. But screening is only the first step towards better control of your health," he said.

The annual Public Health Service event is being organised for the 11th time by the National University of Singapore medical students. It will also be on today at Clementi Avenue 3 from 8am to 5pm.

Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 40 and above can get screened for conditions like abnormal blood pressure levels and urinary incontinence, and get their teeth checked. Colon cancer screening kits will be given out free.

Participants aged 60 and above will also receive preliminary hearing tests. Those with abnormalities will be referred to the NUH Mobile Hearing Clinic Bus at Block 374 Clementi Avenue 4 on Oct 18 and 25. The mobile clinic will be open from 9am to 5pm.

Samantha Boh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 09, 2016, with the headline 'Nearly half of those screened at risk of having chronic disease'. Print Edition | Subscribe