Promoting healthy living

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in cooperation with the Mukim and Village Consultative Councils of Mukim Serasa organised its first Healthy Mukim Programme at the Muara Health Centre yesterday, attracting a lively participation from residents living in Mukim Serasa.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Md Isham bin Haji Jaafar was the guest of honour.

Attendees included Senior Medical Officer at the Muara Health Centre Dr Norehsan binti Haji Jali, Head of the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) at the MoH Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim in her capacity as the Co-Chairperson of the event, as well as guests, managing directors, chief executive officers, heads of departments, village heads, government officers, as well as residents of Mukim Serasa.

The event began with a welcoming speech by Legislative Council member and Acting Penghulu of Mukim Serasa Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman in his capacity as the event’s Co-Chairman.

He said the event has continuously been held by the MoH through the HPC to create awareness on the importance of practising a healthy lifestyle and strengthening the community with mukims and villages to implement initiatives towards being healthy.

Guest of honour Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Md Isham bin Haji Jaafar with Legislative
Council member and Acting Penghulu of Mukim Serasa Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman and attendees during the aerobics exercise prior to the 5km walkathon. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

With Mukim Serasa seeing the event at the Muara Health Centre for the first time, the programme aims to enhance awareness on health issues such as healthy lifestyle practices and communicable diseases as well as health services available for the public.

“Through this Healthy Mukim Programme, it can bring the society to move actively in beginning steps to implement actions such as practising a healthy lifestyle, carrying out physical activities regularly and avoiding things that are risks to health such as smoking among others,” said Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed. “This programme will be continuously held as an initiative carried out as well as owned by the mukim and village consultative councils.”

The event continued with a speech by the guest of honour. This was followed by the presentation of certificates of appointment to 60 Health Ambassadors from Mukim Serasa who are hoped to act as catalysts for local programmes and activities related to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and also serve as liaisons between the local community and the health community through the nearby health centre.

Activities included an aerobics exercise, a 5km walkathon, health examination, health exhibition and the sale of village products under the Mukim and Village Consultative Councils of Mukim Serasa.