Heart disease on the rise

James Kon

Despite many initiatives from the Brunei Government, cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be on the rise and is the second main cause of death in Brunei Darussalam, after cancer.

The past three years saw an increase in the number of CVDs referred to Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), along with heart surgeries.

The alarming rate of heart problems among Bruneians was raised by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar during an interview yesterday, on the sidelines of the Walk, Run & Cycle event and Carnival held in conjunction with World Heart Day 2019 celebration at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

He urged members of the public to make use of the available health facilities to get early screenings, including the National Health Screening Programme for citizens and residents aged 40 and above, to detect and prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.

“In addition to the National Health Screening Programme, the Ministry of Health and Gleneagles JPMC have been working together on workplace health and lifestyle programmes,” he said. “We hope that other ministries will also participate in these programmes which include physical health examination and monitoring, health education sessions, and free weekly after-work group exercise classes,” the minister said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham urged the public, “Taking care of our hearts is like caring of our loved ones. It brings benefits to our family members and the people around us.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar during an interview at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI