Published: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 5:08:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 6:08:28 PM
Muhyiddin: Workers should heed importance of health screening
By FLORENCE A.SAMY
PETALING JAYA: Employers and employees need to pay extra heed to the importance of health screening before it is too late, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Early screening, he said, is vital in detecting the risks of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes and would enable early prevention and treatment.
"Many Malaysians today have yet to give due importance to health screening and assume they do not have the disease until it becomes chronic.
"At this stage, the effect and stress are not just on the worker and organisation but also on the family," he said at the launch of the Social Security Organisation's (Socso) health screening programme here on Monday.
Muhyiddin said Socso's programme would give qualified employees an opportunity to get the diagnosis and early treatment to help increase productivity and a chance to enjoy a better quality of life.
The health screening, which was announced under Budget 2013, is provided free of charge to Socso's insured persons aged 40 and above who are still actively working.