Sembawang launches new "population health" project to promote healthy lifestyle

A new and extensive healthcare programme aimed at improving the lifestyles and living environment of Sembawang constituency residents was launched on Thursday.

Named the "Sembawang Population Health" project, it is a joint initiative between the Sembawang constituency grassroots leaders, the Ministry of Health (MOH), Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

The programme will focus on improving health awareness, bringing about better health management and creating a healthier environment through various initiatives specially tailored for different age groups.

For the 11,700 residents aged 40 and above, for instance, the goal is for KTPH to conduct chronic disease screening for at least half of them, beginning in September.

At least half of those identified with having such diseases, or being at risk of being diagnosed with them, will be able to benefit from follow-up programmes and monitoring through home visits and calls by community nurses.

"You can't expect an old uncle or aunty to keep going to the hospital, so if they can't go to the mountain, we will bring the mountain to them," said Minister for National Development and Sembawang grassroots advisor Khaw Boon Wan, who was the guest of honour at the launch.

His hope is that all subsequent new towns will adopt these healthier lifestyle and environment means - such as encouraging walking and cycling with proper pathways - and that older towns would be revamped with these features.

A spokesman for MOH said that the ministry will "evaluate the effectiveness of this project before we scale this project to other constituencies".