One-stop centre to fight diabetes launched in Nee Soon South

Retired Nurse Amy Goh helps Nee Soon resident Alice Lau take her blood pressure at the new diabetes Resource Centre in Yishun on Nov 27, 2016.
Retired Nurse Amy Goh helps Nee Soon resident Alice Lau take her blood pressure at the new diabetes Resource Centre in Yishun on Nov 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Nee Soon GRC MPs (from left) Henry Quek, K. Shanmugam and Lee Bee Wah unveil the new diabetes Resource Centre at the annual Nee Soon GRC Active Ageing Carnival held on Nov 27, 2016.
Nee Soon GRC MPs (from left) Henry Quek, K. Shanmugam and Lee Bee Wah unveil the new diabetes Resource Centre at the annual Nee Soon GRC Active Ageing Carnival held on Nov 27, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - A new one-stop centre to fight diabetes was launched in Nee Soon South on Sunday (Nov 27), in line with a national effort to tackle the growing problem.

The Diabetes Resource Centre, located at Block 839, Yishun Street 81, will allow residents to do their own health screening, such as checking their eyesight and taking their blood pressure. It will be open every day, except on public holidays.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, a nurse will be stationed at the centre to check the blood sugar levels of residents from 9am to noon.

Those found to have the chronic condition may be referred to GPs or polyclinics for further checks.

The centre, which will also host regular health talks, will have a range of resources available on diabetes prevention and healthy eating.

The centre was launched at the constituency's annual active ageing carnival by Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

More than 400,000 people in Singapore have diabetes, which can lead to complications such as stroke or blindness. Of this group, one in three does not even know he has the disease.

If nothing is done, it is estimated there will be one million residents with diabetes by 2050, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who declared in April (2016) that his ministry is waging war on diabetes.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, MP for Nee Soon GRC Lee Bee Wah said that more will be done to increase awareness among younger residents.

"A lot of residents think that diabetes is only for those who are more senior. In fact, in order to prevent diabetes, we have to target younger residents, those 40 years old and below and especially those who are at a higher risk. These are those who are slightly obese or have family members have a history of diabetes," she said.

Chairman of Nee Soon South Active Ageing Committee Ng Kian Swan said that a database of Nee Soon residents with diabetes is in the works to allow grassroots leaders to proactively reach out to them.