Women urged to have health check-up, mindful of symptoms

Aziz Idris

Failing to have a general check-up or ignoring symptoms could lead to more difficulties in treating illnesses in the future.

Upon hitting 30 years, women usually focus on career, marriage, family, pregnancy and children that may cause them being unaware of rising health issues.

These were among the key points during a health talk for Bureau Veritas Brunei management and staff hosted by Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) yesterday to mark International Women’s Day.

Representing Bureau Veritas was Country Chief Executive Md Rizan bin Haji Abdul Latif alongside JPMC Chief Operating Officer Zauyah binti Md Tarmizi.

The event also marked a call to action in ensuring good health towards better lifestyle, from challenge to change, as women’s achievements.

ABOVE & BELOW: Head of Department and Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine Unit of JPMC Dr Chitra Karat and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist of JPMC Dr Siti Khadijah Ismail during their talks. PHOTOS: JPMC

The talk highlighted two main topics: women’s general health and common cancers in women.

Both topics were presented by Head of Department and Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine Unit of JPMC Dr Chitra Karat and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at JPMC Dr Siti Khadijah Ismail.

With emphasis on the value of consuming a well-balanced diet, engaging in daily moderate exercise and taking care of emotional health, Dr Karat said it can be done by ensuring the correct way to plan a healthy lifestyle to lead a healthier life and increase chances of living longer.

Meanwhile, Dr Siti Khadijah cited a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) which stated that one in 12 women are at risk of developing cancer at some point in their life. The most common types of cancer in women are breast and cervical.

Dr Siti Khadijah said early detection through regular health check-up and breast screening is the best preventive measure, adding that quitting smoking, maintaining healthy weight, breastfeeding when feasible are attributing factors to reducing the risk of developing cancer.

The event concluded with hands-on learning for audience to reflect on what they’ve learned.