NCDs responsible for half of mortality rate in Brunei, says minister

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |


NON-COMMUNICABLE diseases (NCDs) will seriously affect Brunei’s socio-economic development by inhibiting productivity and raising treatment costs, said Dato Paduka Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Jaafar, the Minister of Health. He made the comment during the launching of Healthy Mukim Programme yesterday, at the Pengkalan Batu Health Centre.

“NCDs are the main leading cause of death in Brunei Darussalam, with cancer, heart disease, diabetes mellitus and stroke contributing to half of the mortality rate in the last few years,” he said.

“Judging from the severity of these risks, in addition to the effects and liabilities caused by NCDs, we cannot afford to delay the preventive measures. At the same time, those who have been identified or diagnosed as suffering from NCDs must make sure that they are receiving effective treatment.

“All measures need integrated cooperation and strong commitment from various sectors, all levels of society, individuals and patients, including family members, to ensure the success and effectiveness of handling NCDS.”

Minister of Health speaks at the event. – ROKIAH MAHMUD

The minister also lauded the establishment of the Healthy Lifestyle Promotion and Practices Committee, involving representatives from the Mukim Consultative Council (MPM) of Pengkalan Batu and the Pengkalan Batu Health Centre, as well as from the government and private sectors.

“In further strengthening the role of the committee, several of its members have been appointed as health ambassadors for Mukim Pengkalan Batu,” he said.

“These health ambassadors will be instrumental in carrying out activities and programmes on NCD prevention and control, including planning, advocacy or supporting group healthy living, together with government and non-government agencies, as well as education institutions.

“In addition, the health ambassadors will also act as links between the community and health agencies, through the Pengkalan Batu Health Centre. This includes discussions on health issues; the distribution of information on health services, in ensuring a steady conformity to the appointment system at the health centre; and ensuring the correct prescriptions and patient access to health centres and the nearest hospital,” said the minister.