| Azlan Othman |
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) through the Health Promotion Centre will carry out a survey on knowledge, attitude and practice of non-communicable diseases among citizens and residents in the country.
The 42-day survey will kick-start from December 6, 2014 to January 17, 2015. It is aimed at assessing the effectiveness of control steps on the use of tobacco in the country and assessing the effectiveness of mass media campaign to tackle non-communicable diseases.
The survey is to be carried out by qualified assistant researchers and officers from the Ministry of Health. They will carry body pass for identification purposes when visiting selected houses in all the four districts.
It will involve interviews with house owners outside office hours, and on weekends and public holidays.
The target group is people aged 15 years old and above.
To meet the criteria and ensure the effectiveness of the survey, a workshop for assistant researchers is being held.
In addition, they were also briefed on electronic data collection instrument (IPAQs) to facilitate data gathering or current data and interview.
Some 24 assistant researchers and officers from the Ministry of Health attended the workshop which was launched by the Head of Health Promotion Centre, Dr Hjh Norhayati binti Hj Md Kassim.
The Ministry of Health hopes that selected interviewees would give their cooperation during the course of the survey.
Information obtained could assist the ministry in assessing and enhancing its programmes and health promotion campaigns in the future to realise the ‘Healthy Society by 2035’ vision.