UBD conducts workshop to create more awareness on leading causes of death

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A WORKSHOP on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will be held this week to create more awareness on Brunei’s leading cause of death and its prevention.

Dr Khadizah Hj Mumin, a lecturer from Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) said the four-day workshop aims to equip health professionals participating in the programme with knowledge on tackling the alarming prevalence of NCDs.

It was previously reported during the launch of BruFit Expo at the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) in September last year that NCDs such as cancer, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases caused more than half of the reported deaths in Brunei in 2014.

According to the report, out of the 1,470 total deaths in 2014, 52.5 per cent or 772 people died from NCDs.

Dr Khadizah said the workshop seeks to provide evidence-based knowledge and ‘hands-on’ strategies in NCDs prevention and control in Public Health.

“At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to apply knowledge in assessing risk factors of common NCDs, generating strategies for risk reduction (at individual and population levels) and developing interventions using case studies,” said the UBD lecturer.

“Importantly, it is a platform for networking among various professionals who are sharing common interests in NCDs,” she added.

She said the course will feature about eight invited speakers from the Ministry of Health and PAPRSB IHS, including invited external participant from DudGym Programme Dr Shahrimawati Hj Serbini for a sharing session.

Dr Hjh Norhayati Hj Kassim, head of the Health Promotion Centre will also be giving a talk about common factors of NCDs.

Dr Khadizah, who will be facilitating the workshop said about 30 people have registered, including academics, researchers, postgraduate students and Health, Safety, Security and Environment officers.

The Brunei Times