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More Malays went for health screenings last year

Number of Malays going for hypertension, cholesterol and breast cancer screenings has risen, reports Parliamentary Secretary for Health Muhammad Faishal.

SINGAPORE: More Malays went for health screenings last year, according to Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal.

Speaking in Parliament today (May 27), he said 79 per cent of Malays had gone for screening for hypertension last year, up from 74 per cent in 2012.

Meanwhile, 79 per cent of Malays had gone for screening for cholesterol last year, up from 73 per cent in 2012; and 33 per cent of Malay women underwent breast cancer screening in 2013, up from 29 per cent in 2012.

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) will be partnering mosques to offer bundled programme packages to improve the health of the Malay community, he said.

These packages will include health screening, physical activities, nutrition advice and help to quit smoking. So far, Ar-Raudhah, Alkaff Kampung Melayu, Al-Mawaddah, An-nur and Al-Ansar mosques have taken up these bundled programmes.

To reduce the smoking habit among the Malay community, HPB will also host the annual "I Quit 28-Day Countdown" during Ramadan, in collaboration with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS).

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