Utilising Health Facilities Provided By the Government

The public are advised to use well the medical facilities provided by the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, including the National Health Screening Program that was launched this year. Among the types of health screening included in the program is a cardiovascular risk assessment held at all health centres in the four districts. The call was made by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health during an interview with RTB.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham said that His Majesty's government introduced the Screening Program for people aged 40 and above to identify risks such as diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol. The screening was launched early this year and the public are urged to participate in it, in order to find out whether the individual has any non-communicable diseases. If the disease is present, interventions can be conducted either from the aspect of a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, or medical prescriptions. Brunei Darussalam has provided numerous free health facilities and infrastructure therefore the population should take the responsibility of maintaining their health and that of their loved ones.

The Minister of Health also said as a means of tackling and preventing non-communicable diseases risk factors including cardiovascular diseases, a workplace health program named 'Workplace and Health, WAH' program was launched recently. The Minister added that the WAH program is a Private Public Partnership, PPP initiative between the Ministry of Health and Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre as an approach towards healthy settings in the workplace. This year, 6 ministries were selected to carry out the Workplace and Health Program. The program will be extended to other ministries by next year. It is hoped that the selected ministries' employees will participate in the program this year as it is free and held once a week including physical activities as well as lectures on healthy lifestyle and diet.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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