Conduct more health talks, schools urged

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MEDICAL Officers at the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) are urging more schools in Brunei to participate in the centre’s health talk programmes as this can help boost health education.

Dr Hjh Norol-Ehsan Hj Abdul Hamid said to ensure children in Brunei are more aware of health related issues and are health educated, schools must be consistent in organising health talks.

She said HPC offers a range of health related programmes targeted at both primary and secondary schools.

Amongst the talks and workshops that the centre conducts include healthy eating and food nutrition, health hazards of using tobacco, food safety and hygiene, reproductive health talks and oral hygiene.

Dr Hjh Norol-Ehsan said that by educating the students about issues like tobacco control can be effective in helping students to recognise the significance of a smoke-free environment, refusing the first cigarette, and encouraging family and friends to quit smoking.

She said HPC is currently in talks with Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam (SMJA) Secondary School in conducting a health talk at their school.

Dr Hjh Norol-Ehsan also hoped that other schools will follow suit and initiate such programmes to assist the government in tackling health issues amongst its population and to encourage Bruneians to lead a healthier lifestyle.

“We urge more schools to join our health talk programmes. This not only can be a fun activity for students but this is also a way of how we can cultivate students to be more aware, and be a more health educated generation,” she said.

She added that the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases in recent years has prompted HPC to be more pro-active in instilling early health education in schools.

“Many habits are acquired during childhood and adolescence. So, good health practices need to be inculcated from young. Majority children and youths spend significant proportions of their time in schools so by holding programmes in schools can have significant impact in improving the health of children,” she said, adding that teachers also play an important role in educating children in terms of health.

Speaking to another medical officer, specialising in food nutrition Rusydiah Sudin said so far HPC has not received any requests for nutrition health talks from schools, but adds that raising awareness is vital in ensuring that students will continue to practise healthy lifestyles as early as possible.

“Health talks can make a difference, some students have little knowledge so these talks that HPC provides can really help them and teach them something they never knew about,” she said.

The Brunei Times