SIBURAN: The establishment of the ‘Community Sihat, Pembina Negara’ (KOSPEN) in the local community is important in conveying health awareness.
In addition, the community is provided with knowledge regarding non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Deputy Minister of Transport (Roads and Air) Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said that the establishment of KOSPEN aims to make the people of this country a healthy society.
He said that people in this country are getting older every year and will have complications if they neglect to care for their health, adding that unhealthy individuals will burden themselves, their families, the economy and country due to treatment expenses.
“Through KOSPEN, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) takes steps not only to provide treatment but to prevent and control NCDs, and through that method as well, NCD diseases are detected and may receive early treatment,” he said at the opening of the KOSPEN Programme at Batu Gong Lama Hall here yesterday.
As such, Dr Jerip who is also Mambong assemblyman, said the community, whether in the city or the countryside, should take proactive action by conducting health screening tests.
In addition, he said, local KOSPEN volunteers also play its role by organising health screening and awareness programmes for their communities.
“What is important is awareness to the community, I hope that KOSPEN can run smoothly and then organise an awareness programme regarding these non-communicable diseases,” he said.
He also allocated RM20,000 for KOSPEN Kampung Batu Gong Lama and Kampung Batu Gong Baru to carry out health programmes in their local areas.
Also present were Siburan District Officer Ranum Bari, Serian Division Health Officer representative Dr Lim Siong Hee and KOSPEN chairman of Kampung Batu Gong Lama Cristina Penguang.