Perak Lung Health Day 2013 was held on Sunday, 19th May 2013 at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park “Polo Ground” in Ipoh.
The highlights of the event were:
1. A poster exhibition on four diseases viz. asthma, COPD, OSA and smoking cessation.
2. A “fun walk” with 189 registered participants comprising of school students and members of the public.
3. Health screening for the general public with emphasis on asthma control, COPD control, OSA screening and the level of nicotine addiction.
Registration for the fun walk started at 6.30 am. Prior to the walk all participants were required to answer 10 questions pertaining to asthma, COPD, OSA and smoking cessation. The answers to the questions were readily available at the poster exhibition. At 7.45 am the President gave a short welcome speech. At 8.00 am. the event was launched by Dr. Ko Chung Sen (MP for Kampar), the CEO’s of 4 private hospitals (Hospital Fatimah, KPJ ISH, Hospital Pantai Ipoh, Perak Community Specialist Hospital), Principals of SMK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh and SMK Ave Maria Convent, the President, Vice-President and Secretary of the Perak Chest Society.
The walkathon was flagged off by the Principal of ACS, Mdm Soot Mooy Ching, whose school is a participant of our Asthma Friendly School project. The walkathon participants had to walk 3 rounds on the Polo ground. Prizes were given to the first 10 fastest walkers who also answered more than 90% of the questions correctly. The top 3 prizes were foldable bicycles and the other 7 were hampers. All participants were given a Asthma Friendly School T- shirt, a voucher for breakfast, a goodie bag and a Certificate of Participation.
Nurses were present to provide free blood pressure, blood sugar and body composition tests. We used the CAT, ACT, OSA and FTND questionnaires for screening. Those with poor CAT and ACT scores were given free spirometry tests (available in 4 stations). Dieticians gave free dietary advice for those who were either overweight or obese. Six volunteer doctors were present to provide medical advice.
There were 3 participating fitness groups which came on stage to lead the aerobic exercises for the attendees. Star War characters provided picture opportunities.
The event ended at 12.00 noon. Lunch was provided for the volunteers at the Prosperous Restaurant at 1.00 pm. Umbrellas from the previous PLHD were given away as a token of appreciation.
The Asthma Friendly School booklet has a list of all the donors and well-wishers for the event. This booklet is available for free download at www.pcs.org.my. A photo album is also available in the website.
|Winner of one of the ten prizes.|
|Top scorer of Asthma test from SM Ave Maria Convent.|
|Top scorer of Asthma test from SM Methodist (ACS) Ipoh.|
|Who is the winner here?|