Minister launches National Hypertension Guideline 2019

Aziz Idris

The Brunei Darussalam National Hypertension Guideline 2019 was officially launched last night at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre as part of the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Brunei Cardiac Society.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar launched the guideline booklet.

The guideline was a joint effort between the Brunei Cardiac Society and the Ministry of Health to highlight “the silent killer” in Brunei Darussalam.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease worldwide as well as in Brunei Darussalam.

According to the Health Information Booklet 2017, the Ministry of Health, heart diseases and hypertensive diseases are the 2nd and 5th most common causes of death in Brunei Darussalam.

In addition, cerebrovascular diseases, for which hypertension is also a risk factor is the 4th leading cause of death.

Consultant Cardiologist and President of the Brunei Cardiac Society Dr Sofian bin Dato Paduka Haji Johar said the launch of the guideline was “timely” as since the first edition was published by the MoH in 2002, “there has been a tremendous explosion in knowledge.”

“The scope of the guideline includes the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension inclu-ding women of childbearing age, in during pregnancy and the post-partum period,” said Dr Sofian.

Also covered in the guideline are screening for hypertension, treatment of hypertensive emergencies and secondary hypertension.

He hoped that this guideline will provide a comprehensive guide to the management of hypertension in Brunei.

Members of the public can download the full guideline for free at https://cardiacsociety.org.bn.

Shortly after the launch, the minister presented the guideline booklet to the audience comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Health, representatives of healthcare institutions and other agencies in Brunei Darussalam, doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

The ceremony also saw a lecture by Immediate Past President of the European Society of Cardiology Professor Jeroen J Bax, on the role of multimodality imaging in the early diagnosis of heart diseases.

The 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Brunei Cardiac Society will continue today with the theme Clinical Cardiology in Everyday Practice.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the launch of the Brunei Darussalam National Hypertension Guideline 2019. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS