As part of their community service, the Voice of Women (VOW), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) Seksyen 21 SEA Park, a government voluntary program jointly organised a free acupuncture service for residents.
Since its launch on Saturday, August 25, 2012, quite a number of people showed up with the Chinese physician who volunteered his service attended tirelessly to all the patients inside the air-conditioned KRT cabin office which was temporary turned into a clinic and has a bed donated by a well-wisher.
The residents in the area told Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMY) that they are happy with the initiative.
“This is the first time we have received this type of treatment at no cost and we are very thankful, ” said a woman who received treatment for her muscular pain on her shoulder. She however requested not to mention her name.
The acupuncture treatment is offered free to the public every Saturday from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm at the KRT cabin office in Jalan 21/19.
Voice of Women president Chew Hoong Ling said the acupuncture service was part of the second phase of its “Spread Love Save Lives” campaign and the launch was timed to coincide with the National Women’s Day in Malaysia.
It started as a series of organ donation campaign and has today widens its scope to include healthcare.
“In order for people to donate their organs after death, they must first ensure that they take care of their health so that the donating organs are still in good condition. It is for this reason that we continue with a series of health campaigns,” she added.
KRT Seksyen 21 SEA Park chairman Gan Keng said: “We are happy to provide this new opportunity to the residents to experience acupuncture treatment as one way to vitalise and improve their health particularly senior citizens and those who have low incomes as each treatment can cost anything between RM30 up to RM150 per session, depending on the conditions.”
The Chinese physician who volunteered his service is Chew Wah Chye, a degree graduate in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Guangzhou University in China. Chew has been practicing since 1994 and was a medical consultant with Hai-O Marketing until his retirement where he now devoted his time actively in community service.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine methodology that treats patients by inserting thin needles at strategic points in the skin to help restore the body’s energy imbalance back to health.
The traditional treatment usually requires a few sessions for effective treatment and will benefit people with many different illnesses such as headaches, stress, fatigues, muscular pains, rheumatism, arthritis and stroke.