Singapore's first community club (CC) with its own hawker centre and family medicine clinic (FMC) was officially opened yesterday.
All 40 stalls at Ci Yuan CC in Hougang Avenue 9 sell at least two food items at $2.80 or less, and a section is open 24 hours a day. The Hougang FMC, with a range of services for those needing regular treatment for chronic ailments, will also have evening clinics from Mondays to Thursdays until 9.30pm.
The four-storey, 6,000 sq m CC also has a 500-seat theatre with digital sound and light equipment, dance and cooking studios and a karaoke joint. A senior care centre will open at year end.
These facilities were put in place based on feedback from residents, said the People's Association, which runs 107 CCs nationwide and has sought to make them relevant to residents as their needs evolve.
Ci Yuan CC was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who spent two hours touring the building, making mooncakes with residents and viewing a dance performance by a fitness group.
Mr Lee told residents that such clubs aim to foster a closer community by allowing them to take part in activities together and bond.
The Prime Minister was joined by fellow Ang Mo Kio GRC MPs Darryl David and Gan Thiam Poh, Sengkang West SMC MP Lam Pin Min, and former Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Yeo Guat Kwang, who was in charge of Ang Mo Kio-Hougang ward when construction of the CC started in 2013.
Mr Lee had, at his National Day Rally last month, cited the hawker centre in Ci Yuan CC as part of the Government's efforts to keep the cost of eating out affordable.
The Prime Minister rounded up his visit at the Hougang FMC, which expects to see about 10,900 visits from some 3,200 patients, 80 per cent with chronic illnesses, in its first year.
Consultation fees start from $50 for those with chronic conditions. Those on the Community Health Assist Scheme or from the Pioneer Generation enjoy subsidies.
Housewife Janet Koh, 43, said she had not signed up for any programmes yet but was keen to do so. "The cooking classes and fitness sessions look quite interesting. The building is big and impressive, so I'm sure it'll attract a lot of residents to take part in activities," she said.
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