Medical students on dangers of diabetes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOUR third year medical students from Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) organised a campaign at the home of the Kampong Kapok Village Chief to help raise awareness of the dangers of diabetes.

One of the medical students, Azirah Abdul Wahab said in her opening remarks that diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the Sultanate, among non-communicable diseases, after cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

“The reason we have organised this awareness campaign is to educate the community how to detect the early signs of diabetes, so that it can be prevented and be identified in its early stages,” she said.

In an interview with The Brunei Times on the sideline of the campaign, Azirah said that the campaign could also help educate those who had already contracted the disease on the ways and methods of controlling it.

Azirah Abd Wahab along with her peers Afifah Amirah Hakimah Hj Shazli, Md Adib Aiman Hj Abd Rahman and Tan Shi Ying had undertaken their own initiative by collaborating with the Kampung Kapok Village Consultative Council (MPK) to hold the Diabetes Awareness Campaign at the house of Hj Marali Hj Ahmad.

With the help of several trained volunteers from UBD, the students provided a free health screening for those who participated in the campaign to check their Body Mass Index (BMI), their blood pressure and their blood glucose level.

The students also organised a Zumba session for the participants and a cooking competition led by Hers Kitchen Cooking Class with the added emphasis on healthy cooking.

Attending the event was the Advisor of MPK Kampung Kapok Dr Hj Abd Hamit Hj Musa along with more than 100 other residents of the village and members of the community.

The Brunei Times