In Brunei Darussalam, recent statistics released by the Ministry of Health (MoH) show that diabetes has remained the third highest cause of death since 2012, with the rate of deaths from diabetes as high as 10.1 per cent in 2017.
The National Health and Nutrition Status Survey of Brunei Darussalam (NHANNS) recorded 12.4 per cent of Bruneians as suffering from diabetes, while the Cross-sectional STEPwise Approach to Surveillance (STEPS) Population Survey of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Risk Factors in Brunei Darussalam found that 9.7 per cent of Bruneians had high levels of blood sugar.
Diabetes was listed as the seventh leading cause of death by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016 and caused the death of four million people in the world in 2017, as reported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
According to the 8th Edition IDF Atlas released in 2017, more than 425 million people across the world suffer from diabetes. This total is expected to increase up to 625 million by 2045, if no action plan is implemented to control or tackle this rising issue.
Yesterday, several activities were organised for World Diabetes Day 2019 by the Endrocrine Centre of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital and the Department of Health Services and Health Promotion Centre at the MoH, in collaboration with Aewon Brunei and RYS Entertainment.
Held at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the capital, the events included a 3km walkathon, health screenings, field activities, a treasure hunt and a health exhibition.
Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman was the guest of honour.
The activities are hoped to boost more awareness and understanding of diabetes, including risks such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, so that complications from diabetes can be avoided.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14. This year’s theme is ‘Diabetes: Protect Your Family’, signalling the importance of protecting one’s family members from diabetes.