Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S.Subramaniam announced recently that his ministry has signed a joint agreement with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Dosh) and the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to initiate an integrated health screening data system project for non-infectious diseases called NCD-iS.
He said the NCD-iS project was one of the strategies for upgrading the screening data collection system which includes the data of all communities, public and private sector employees without the occurrence of duplication of data and has accurate information on the disease risk factors in the country.
"This information is needed to enable screening coverage for the early detection of NCDs among Malaysians for monitoring annually and a more effective and proactive prevention intervention programme," he said.
Dr Subramaniam said the project costing RM10 million would be fully completed in December this year.
According to him, the screening of NCDs was currently being carried out through the Healthy Community Empowers the Nation (KOSPEN) community screening programme, screening at health clinics and screenings conducted by Socso for private contributors and the annual screening of workers by DOSH.