SINGAPORE - The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) has opened a new wellness centre in Bugis, doubling its total capacity to 120 clients a day.
Between April last year and last month, the first centre in Bishan saw 943 clients.
"We foresee a continued growth in this volume of patients," said heart wellness centre committee chairman Tan Huay Cheem. "That's why there's a need for us to build this new heart health hub."
Fitted with treadmills and other exercise equipment, the centre provides a venue for patients with heart conditions to receive exercise under a structured programme. Its trained staff also offer advice on issues such as nutrition and weight management.
MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua, who was guest of honour at the opening ceremony, lauded the SHF's efforts to promote heart health in the community.
"I hope that you'll be able to work with the grassroots organisations here... to proactively reach out to even more, instead of waiting for them to come," she said.
Cardiovascular disease is a growing problem here, killing even more people than cancer. In 2011, stroke and heart disease was the main cause of death among Singaporeans.
One of the biggest sponsors of the new wellness centre, which is housed in a unit in Fortune Centre, was the Life Insurance Association (LIA), which donated $200,000 to the SHF.
The association's member insurance companies, which include AIA Singapore and Aviva, contributed a dollar for every policy sold in October last year.
"We put the health of the community at the top of our agenda," said LIA president Khoo Kah Siang.
"With heart disease being one of the major health problems among Singaporeans, we are pleased that our industry has contributed to the rehabilitative process of heart patients."
This article was published on April 15 in The Straits Times.Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.