MoH to hold health screening roadshow to combat NCDs
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) will hold a roadshow on its Health Screening Effectiveness (3PK) Programme in a bid to combat the rising number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the sultanate.
The event will take place at the Ministry of Education from April 18 to May 23.
Cathrina Hj Mohamad Sigie Al-Islam, nursing officer at Pengiran Anak Puteri Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah Health Centre in Kg Rimba, made the announcement during her presentation to a group of visitors.
The health centre received visiting students and government officials who are participating in a workshop on the prevention and control of NCDs held by the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Cathrina said the 3PK Programme is part of the ministry’s effort to raise awareness on the health screening programme.
The health screening programme was introduced in 2013 with the aim of detecting chronic diseases and preventing NCDs at an early stage before any symptoms develop. It is provided to Bruneians and permanent residents aged 40 and above who have never been diagnosed with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Cathrina went on to say that the 3PK Programme began after the ministry recorded a low uptake of only 0.2 per cent out of Brunei’s population who were eligible to take part in the health screening programme in 2014.
This percentage only represented the people who had their health checked under the health screening programme and didn’t include those who had their health checked during other health screening programmes such as pre-employment screening and health checks done at the Well Women Clinic.
“Everyone (Bruneians and permanent residents) aged 40 and above are invited to have their health checked through the health screening programme as early as possible to detect any chronic diseases and to prevent complications,” she said.
The Brunei Times