KOTA KINABALU: The KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital will be holding a Public Awareness Campaign on ‘Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous Disease’ on July 25 from 9am to 5pm.
The event will be held at the Lobby Level, Block A, KPJ Specialist Hospital will be conducted by Dr Charles Lee, the Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon of the establishment.
During the event there will be free ultrasound screening for leg veins for those with clinical signs and symptoms of venous disease, as well as free educational materials and resources concerning the subject.
The main objective of the campaign themed ‘ Happy and Healthy Legs for Life’ is to enhance public awareness and broaden their understanding of varicose veins as an important health concern and why medical diagnosis and treatment similar to heart disease and coronary vascular disease should be carried out.
“It is designed to educate the public and also engage health care professionals on the need to assess the health status of veins in order to avoid the consequences of chronic venous insufficiency including leg swelling, skin changes and ulceration,” Lee said.
According to him, advance health risks include conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism.
“DVT is an important health problem. This health risk from chronic venous disease can result in death when blood clots obstruct blood flow to the lungs,” he said adding that most of these health problem can be avoided by simple, cost-effective screening using ultrasound measurements and inspection of the lower legs.
The campaign this Saturday, which is co-sponsored by Servier Malaysai and Bauerfeind, will be launched by the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin.-Sayangsabah