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300 Residents Of Pulau Jambongan Get Free Health Checks
The programme was carried out under the National Blue Ocean Strategy involving the Sandakan Health Clinic, Sandakan Dental Clinic, Duchess of Kent Hospital Sandakan, Royal Malaysian Navy, Ex-Servicemen's Association of Malaysia, Sabah Anti-Tuberculosis Association and the Malaysian Association for the Prevention of Drug Abuse (Pemadam).
Sandakan Health officer Dr Johari Awang Besar said adults and children were screened for non-infectious diseases, mouth cancer and underwent examinations for eyes, ears, nose and throat other than given dental and medical treatments.
He said the implementation of the programme met its target of ensuring rural residents also received health examination services especially screenings for non-infectious diseases.
"The health camp was also aimed at boosting awareness and encouraging the involvement of government agencies, non-government organisations and local communities against non-infectious diseases," he said here, Monday.
The six villages on the island were Kampung Bahanan, Malalin, Hujung, Tawakal, Limau and Babagoh.
Kampung Bahanan headman Jalil Apong said the villagers appreciated the effort to implement the camp as it reflected the concern of the authorities on the health service for the rural populace.
He said, although there was a clinic on the island, villagers could undergo a more complete health examination, specifically dental at the health camp.
"The village residents find it hard to undergo a complete health examination because the Health Clinic is located far away," he told Bernama on Pulau Jambongan.
A villager, Syarif Ahjad, 40, said many residents including children did not pass up the opportunity to get dental treatments at the health camp.
Pulau Jambongan is located north of Sabah, or about two hours by boat from the district of Paitan. Most of the residents were fishermen.
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