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Two-week free Osteoporosis risk factor screening in Sandakan 
Published on: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
By: Winnie Kasmir
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Public (left) taking the opportunity to attend the free Osteoporosis risk factor screening.
SANDAKAN: Painless but progressive, Osteoporosis, often undetected in the elderly population, is also known as the silent killer.

According to Orthopaedic surgeon from Hospital Duchess of Kent and also President of Sandakan Orthopaedic Association, Dr. Timothy Cheng, Osteoporosis causes bones to fracture easily and is a major cause of suffering especially in older ladies. 

Global statistics show that 1/3 of all women and 1/5 of all men above 50 will develop Osteoporosis.

This can manifest as fragility fractures of the spine, hip, write, so forth from low energy falls such as falling on a slippery floor. 

The first-year death rate (mortality) after a hip fracture is as high as 30 per cent and spine fractures have an 8-fold increase in mortality.

Therefore, Timothy said the Sandakan Orthopaedic Association with the support of IJM Land and Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Sabah organised a two-week campaign in Bandar Utama, Mile 6, Sandakan from 12th to 27th Nov 2022. 

“Throughout the campaign, healthcare staff from Hospital Duchess of Kent and Klinik Kesihatan Sandakan conducted Osteoporosis risk factor screening and if indicated, referred for free bone mineral density scans (supported by Sievert Imaging Centre) 

“Simple physical activity and weight bearing exercises were demonstrated by Biorehab and Warehouse Fitness Centre; the dietician team and KDH Pharmacy conducted quizzes on balanced diets with adequate calcium intake and the hospital blood bank dropped by for a donation drive,” he said in a statement, Monday. 

Timothy added that the physiotherapy team also conducted a half day programme at Sri Harapan Old Folks Home consisting of simple exercise movements with a talk about Osteoporosis and how to prevent it. 

The highlight of the programme was the weekend 26-27th of Nov. On Saturday, a physical challenge with two categories – above and below 60 years old men and women was organised consisting of simple movements such as sit ups, burpees, squats, and farmer’s carry whereby winners for each category brought home RM200 in cash and goodie bags. 

Apart from that, a fun cycle was held on Sunday, consisting of two categories: 5km and 20km with over 100 riders from as young as six years old till above 70 years old participated in this event. 

After a short talk on Osteoporosis, its dangers and how to prevent it; the Physiotherapy Department of Hospital Duchess of Kent demonstrated to all present how to use resistance band for strength training and muscle development.

The climax of the fun cycle event was a lucky draw session (supported by Speed Electrical and Aircon Services Sdn Bhd) that saw 40+ prizes being given away, including a bicycle, a TV and two hover boards. Smiles all around as the winners walked back with their arms full. 

“Besides IJM Land and KBS, we would like to thank our sponsors and partners: Syarikat Pengangkutan Khoon Siah, Tian Sia Sea Product, Sabah International Dairies, TKS Superstore, KDH Pharmacy, Sievert Imaging Center, MU Superstore, Bataras Hypermarket and K2/Tritonic for all our refreshing beverage. 

“We hope that this campaign has helped to create awareness of the dangers of osteoporosis and promote methods of prevention – weight-bearing exercises and a high calcium, vitamin D and protein diet,” said Timothy.