Singapore National Stroke Association
The Singapore National Stroke Association celebrated world stroke day with an event entitled “Stop Stroke Before It Stops You” in the community to raise awareness of stroke and offer free screening for stroke risk factors. This was held on 19 October at the Hong Kah Community Club in the western part of Singapore. The Singapore National Stroke Association partnered with healthcare institutions (National Healthcare Group Polyclinics and Singapore General Hospital) who sent volunteers to help with the health screening as well as industry partners, EPI Mobile Health Solutions Pte Ltd, Boehringer Ingelheim and Guardian Pharmacy. The main activity of the event was a health screening had 262 participants. Screening included measurement of abdominal circumference measurement for central obesity, blood pressure for hypertension and blood glucose for diabetes. Uniquely, we also performed ECG recording using a novel mobile device. Participants all underwent counselling for stroke risk factors and recognition of stroke symptoms using the FAST message. Those who have abnormalities detected were referred for medical attentions. Of note, 3 individuals were newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation who were asymptomatic and were referred for appropriate management including stroke prevention. There was a booth manned by SNSA members who answered queries from members of the public and gave away stroke education material. In addition, there was a talk on ‘Understanding Stroke’ by a medical doctor and a stroke survivor also shared his experience in a presentation entitled ‘My Stroke Story’. Publicity for the event was published in the main newspaper in the three languages (English, Mandarin and Malay). In addition, a radio interview in Mandarin was conducted with a neurologist discussing stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. The SNSA is proud to have had successful World Stroke Day event that had good participation from the public, achieved its aims of raising awareness of stroke and its prevention and was in collaboration with local health care institutions as well as industry partners.