Written by Rokiah Mahmud
Thursday, 11 August 2011 06:48
MoH effort to curb incidence of non-communicable disease
Bandar Seri Begawan – With a total of 15,972 cases recorded by Brunei’s Ministry of Health to date, diabetes is the third leading cause of death among non-communicable diseases in the Sultanate, after cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Of the total, 644 cases are amongst inpatient morbidities seen in hospitals and the rest are of outpatient morbidities seen at health centres.
As part of its efforts to buck the worrying trend, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has spent some B$2.4 million out of the $49.6 million that had been allocated in 2009-2010 financial year to buy medication for diabetes cases alone.
Recent trends attributed to the rapid development of the local society and modern lifestyles show that the disease is no longer affecting only adults, as an increasing number of children – some as young as 12 – are also known to have diabetes.
Almost 95 per cent of the cases of diabetes recorded in Brunei are Type 2 diabetes, which is not insulin-dependent.
In a bid to prevent Brunei’s diabetes rate from worsening, a Diabetes Awareness Campaign was launched yesterday at the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) at Commonwealth Drive.
Officiating the launch as guest of honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Mohd Yusof, the Minister of Health.
The Diabetes Awareness Campaign is organised by the Health Promotion Centre in cooperation with Butra HeidelbergCement Sdn Bhd (BHC).
In his speech at the launch, the General Manager of BHC, Awg Setiawan Purnama Hadi said the initiative is part of BHC’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme under the BHC “Building Life” Project.
He said the project is meant to nurture and sustain the three pillars of growth – economic, social and environmental – through several collaborations with various government agencies, private sector companies and non-governmental organisations.
“BHC has always strived to play it inherent as a responsible corporate entity through the CSR initiatives,” said the general manager.
Furthermore, it is important to have healthy workforce, which will directly contribute to a productive workforce, thus enabling the ministries, departments, corporate companies or even NGOs to achieve their goals, he said.
“Health is (of) paramount importance and BHC hopes to play an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle to members of the public,” he added.
“The Diabetes Awareness Campaign will raise the simple awareness to members of the public that the power to prevent Type 2 diabetes from growing in our own community lies solely in the hands of every individual.”
Carrying the slogan “Unite for Diabetes” and the theme “Prevent Diabetes: Eat Responsibly, Exercise Regularly”, the campaign focuses on Type 2 Diabetes, that is non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
The speech was followed by the launch of the Diabetes Awareness Campaign posters by the guest of honour.
Guests at the launch then followed a presentation on the Diabetes Awareness Campaign by Awg Shahiran Sheriffuddin bin Shahrani Muhammad, the Health Facilitator Officer from the Ministry of Health.
Among the main objectives of the campaign is to increase public awareness on the various complications related to diabetes, such as its causes symptoms and effects, as well as ways to prevent the disease, such as by practising a healthy lifestyle.
Yesterday’s launch coincided with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on the Diabetes Awareness Campaign between the MoH and BHC.
Signing on behalf of the ministry was Dr Awg Zainal Ariffin bin Hj Awg Yahya, the General Director of MoH, with Awg Hj Junaidee bin Hj Ahmad, Health Education Officer as witness.
BHC, meanwhile, was represented at the signing by Awg Setiawan Purnama Hadi, the General Manager, with Mr Lee Kin Hoong, Corporate Manager of BHC as witness.
The signing and exchange of the MoA documents was witnessed by the Minister of Health.
The Diabetes Awareness Campaign posters were distributed to selected governmental ministries and departments, as well as restaurants and other private sector organisations.
Also present at the event were Dato Paduka Awg Hj Abd Salam bin Hj Abd Momin, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Deputy Permanent Secretaries at the ministry, and officers and staff of MoH and BHC. — Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin