| James Kon |
EIGHTY per cent of premature deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases can be avoided if the following four main risk factors are controlled: Tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.
The worrying trend of cardiovascular diseases was highlighted by the CEO of Gleneagles JMPC, Dr Peter Tay, during the World Heart Day Walkathon held yesterday in conjunction with Brunei Darussalam’s National Campaign Against Non Communicable Diseases.
Held at the parking area of the Ministry of Health, the event was launched by the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Mohd Yusof.
Dr Peter Tay, who is also the co-chairperson of the walkathon, highlighted that World Heart Day was founded in 2000 with the aim to create awareness on heart disease – one of the leading causes of death – where in Brunei, it has been the second most common cause of death in the past five years.
The theme for this year’s World Heart Day, he said, “is creating heart-healthy environment.
“The places where we live, work and play should not increase the risk of us developing cardiovascular disease. Healthy food choices should be made available and so as smoke free zones as well as opportunities for regular exercise.”
Leading by example, the Minister of Health took part in the warm-up session and walkathon after launching the World Heart Day Walkathon. Also joining in the warm-up session were the minister’s wife and senior officials from the ministry.
Following the walkathon, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Adanan also toured the exhibition pavilion and witnessed some senior citizens performing physical exercise.
The minister presented a prize to the winner of the National Campaign Against Non Communicable Diseases logo competition, Pg Hj Annuar Husaini bin Pg Lt Col (Rtd) Haji Rambli, at the Al-Afiah Hall. Meanwhile, he also presented certificates of appreciation to sponsors and lucky draw winners.
The walkathon was organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Gleneagles JMPC.