Cohesive action on heart disease

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THE Minister of Health has urged all stakeholders particularly clinical leaders and health professionals in cardiology and other multi-discipline clinical services to support and align closely with the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases and the Brunei Darussalam National Multi-Sectoral Action Plan and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (BruMAP-NCD) 2013-2018.

This is to implement appropriate cohesive action, monitor and evaluate their outcomes and move forward in advancing cardiology services both in the country and collectively in the region.

This was said last night by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Md Yusof in his speech during the opening ceremony of the 4th International Cardiology Conference Brunei Darussalam organised by Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre from November 23-24 at the Royal Berkshire Hall, Royal Brunei Polo & Riding Club, Jerudong.

He explained that the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases was adopted during the recent ASEAN Summit on October 9 in the Sultanate. He called for urgent concerted actions to reduce risk factors, taking into account cost-effective interventions recommended by the World Health Organisation.

“Additionally, the Declaration also emphasises the need for strengthening health systems incorporating the principles of universal health coverage to improve early management, address complications of NCDs and reduce social-economic burden,’’ said YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

On the matter pertaining to the BruMAP-NCD 2013-2018, he said that such an action plan in essence outlines a holistic multisector framework with the ultimate aim of 18 per cent relative reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2018.

The five key objectives within the Action Plan target addressing risk factors some of which cascade in the pathway of heart diseases namely reducing tobacco use; promoting balance and healthy diet; increasing physical activity; effectively manage people with risks of NCDs; and improving the quality of care and outcome of NCD management.

Cardiovascular disease is found to be the second leading cause of death in Brunei, after cancer for the past four years. In 2012 alone, he said, a total of 152 people, or 12.5 per cent of the total deaths of 1,216 people in the country were caused by cardiovascular disease. “The increasing trend of this disease is of great concern to us and requires concerted efforts to tackle this worrying situation,’’ he added.

He expressed appreciation to the Gleneagles JPMC for their efforts in focusing on secondary prevention of cardiac risk factors by having a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programme, which involves the patients’ family by providing awareness and education on healthy diet, regular physical activities and no tobacco use. He also said that as early detection has proven vital in prevention and control diseases, the Cardiology Department of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital has introduced in phases a Preventive Cardiology Programme which initially concentrates on screening a large number of patients who have been identified to have high risk factors but with no symptoms of heart disease.

He went on to say that the efforts by both the Cardiology unit of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital and the Gleneagles JPMC in carrying out these procedures have contributed in saving countless lives through the early detection of individuals who have high risk factors for heart diseases.

He also reminded members of the public to pay more attention to their hearts, to have regular check-ups, and adopt a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a well-balancesd diet and to exercise regularly.

Last night the two-day conference was officially opened by the minister, who also attended the two lectures presented by Prof Eugene Sim, chief of Clinical Services and Cardiac Surgery of the Gleneagles JPMC, titled “Public-Private Partnership in Health Care : A Success Story; and by Prof Ian Meredith, executive director of Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre in Australia who spoke on “Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases: Our Challenge.”

Dr Ganesan Thirunavukkarasu, chairman of the organising committe of the 4th International Cardiology Conference, said in his welcoming remarks that the Gleneagles JPMC has been organising an international cardiology conference once in two years since 2007.

The main conference today

will cover the latest topics in cardiology such as the current status of artherosclerosis and heart failure management, interventional cardiology and device closure as well as topics in cardiac surgery, including the exciting new treatment of implanting left ventricular assist devices for patients with heart failure.

The Brunei Times