PETALING JAYA, Nov 13 – Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Sungai Buloh candidate Khairy Jamaluddin today promised to increase health screenings in the constituency if he is elected as Member of Parliament.
Khairy also said he would upgrade public health care facilities in the urban constituency in Selangor if he is reappointed as health minister.
“If I am elected as MP, we will always conduct health screenings. I want to take care of Sungai Buloh’s health,” Khairy said in a speech at a Festival Gegar Keluarga Sungai Buloh campaign event in Section 7, Kota Damansara here.
“Don’t be scared to give blood. Many are afraid of health screenings, but it’s better that we know for prevention instead of getting treated late,” he urged attendees at the community event.
The outgoing health minister also pledged to introduce domiciliary community care for people who are incapacitated at home due to stroke or other conditions.
Khairy urged attendees to take up the various free health screenings, including eye checks, offered at the festival that also hosted food stalls, a jobs fair, and sports events.
The health screenings at the festival were provided inside a small community hall, including breast exams and screenings for lung cancer by the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM).
Several people, however, were spotted smoking or vaping at the open field where the festival was held.
Khairy’s manifesto for the 15th general election includes other pledges like upgrading Sungai Buloh Hospital into a National Institute for Infectious Disease Control, expanding access to dialysis services and support, establishing house visit programmes for palliative and long-term care patients, and implementing first aid awareness and training programmes, among others.
Like BN’s national manifesto, Khairy’s personal election manifesto excludes tobacco control or the unpopular smoking generational end game (GEG) legislation that he previously proposed as health minister.