Nasam to offer free health assessments to stroke survivors until Sept 30, says chief executive

PETALING JAYA: Stroke survivors can get free health assessments until Sept 30 as the National Stroke Association Of Malaysia (Nasam) aims to gauge the recovery progress and help in better recovery for the survivors.

The initiative, which began on Aug 1, offers a one-on-one session with a therapist to identify main health issues, what needs to be tested and recovery goals to achieve.

Nasam chief executive Sylvia Chong said the initiative was the group’s gesture of appreciation to the nation’s efforts in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that stroke survivors are in the high risk group of getting infected by the coronavirus.

“As rehabilitation is critical in stroke recovery, we would like to lend a hand to affected families.

Our centres are safe as we adhere strictly to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines issued by the Health Ministry,” she said in a statement.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Malaysia and every year 50,000 new cases are reported, Nasam noted.

“The cold reality is that today, one in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime and some 40% of them are below the age of 60. Not only are a person’s life, family and career affected but even the nation’s productivity suffers. Strokes are very disruptive and challenging,” Chong said.

Sylvia said Nasam remained steadfast in its mission to support stroke survivors and their families, as well as to create more awareness and prevention, despite being challenged financially due to the pandemic.

Those diagnosed with a stroke must first register as a lifetime member of Nasam with a RM50 fee to participate in the assessments, and interested parties are encouraged to contact Nasam’s helpline at 018-222 1878 or visit one of its nine centres nearest to them.

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