| Azaraimy HH |
IN THE continuing effort to inculcate healthy living and bring about awareness on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, coronary heart diseases, stroke and diabetes, a health forum was held yesterday by the Ministry of Health.
Held in conjunction with the national campaign against NCDs, the event was held at the Tutong District’s civic halls complex, and was attended by Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Haji Abd Wahab bin Juned.
The panel of speakers for the forum included a medical officer from the Health Promotion Centre, Pengiran Dr Sirajul Adli bin Pengiran Haji Jamaludin, discussed the importance of a tobacco-free surrounding; while Awang Norsal bin Hj Salleh from the Department of Health Services talked about the importance of reading the list of ingredients on food labels for the aim of making wiser choices.
Representing the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital in Tutong, Dyg Saimah binti Haji Md Said, covered the topic of physical exercise in life, while Dr Haji Zulhilmi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdullah, from the Department of Health Services discussed the importance of patients being aware of prescription medicines given to them to help with their respective illnesses.
The forum was moderated by Dr Hajah Khalizah binti Haji Md Jamil from the PMMPMHAMB Hospital.
Chief Executive Officer of PMMPMHAMB Hospital, Haji Mohammad Sabri bin Haji Anuar, stated that NCDs are continuing to increase in the world and he cited the World Health Organization, saying that NCDs are leading contributors of deaths worldwide at 63 per cent, or 36 million to 57 million.
The socio-economic impact of this figure also leads to authorities reiterating calls for serious attention to be paid to this issue.
This concern and challenge is not alien to Brunei Darussalam. In 2012, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke were the main causes of deaths in the country. Among the identified causes of these chronic diseases among the population are excessive and unbalanced food intake, including food with a high content of sugar, fat and salt, as well as low-levels of physical activities, obesity and chronic smoking.
Haji Mohammad Sabri said this lifestyle must be fixed and prevention must be taken, otherwise it could lead to far more serious consequences that will require long-term medical treatment.
The national health and food intake status study of 2009-2011 showed that cancer caused twice as many deaths as heart diseases and that obesity and little physical exercise are also areas of major concern.