Do more to achieve BruMAP goals
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SENIOR health official from the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) said Brunei is ‘on track’ in achieving its Brunei Darussalam National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs (BruMAP-NCD 2013-2018), but notes that ‘more needs to be done’.
In an interview with Dr Norhayati Hj Kassim during a Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) workshop held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam recently, the head of HPC said the Ministry of Health (MoH) has made some progress and is on track to achieving its BruMAP-NCD 2013-2018 targets.
Launched in September 2013, BruMAP-NCD 2013-2018 was developed to prevent and control NCDs by creating a healthier environment in the sultanate as well as to reduce risk factors and better management of NCDs.
Dr Norhayati told The Brunei Times that one of the health ministry’s targets as part of the action plan includes an 18 per cent reduction in premature mortality in Brunei by 2018, but noted that in order to achieve this vision, all levels of the Bruneian community must support and work together.
“We are on track with most of the targets and I think for me, within the health sector, I would say that we all need to do a lot more in the next few years to catch up with some of the other targets,” said the head of HPC.
Speaking on the challenges of achieving BruMAP-NCD 2013-2018’s targets, Dr Norhayati said as it is a multi-sector plan developed to address lifestyle and behaviour changes, the main challenge lies in the hands of the individual, family and community to make the healthy choice.
She added that the complexity in managing the NCDs requires a holistic, integrated and multilevel strategies where all stakeholders have a role to play.
“It’s a multi-sector action plan. I think this is where the challenge lies, to get everybody on board together with us,” she said.
Dr Norhayati said that MoH will continue to work in achieving its action plan targets, adding that health promotion and disease prevention plays a crucial role in the control of chronic diseases.
“When we started off, we put down targets that point in time we thought that was reasonable and achievable. Some of the targets may be over ambitious because things change (over time). But that doesn’t mean we stop what we are doing. We need to actually do more. It’s five years (plan),” she said.
The BruMAP-NCD 2013-2018 comprises framework of actions in six key areas of tobacco control, dietary, physical activity, identification of those at risk and management and treatment of chronic diseases.
The health official added that Brunei is equipped with the health facilities that other countries may not have, urging members of the public to practice a healthy lifestyle to prevent and control NCDs in the sultanate.
During the launch of BruFit Expo at HPC in September last year, MoH revealed that 772 people died from chronic diseases in 2014. According to figures from MoH, NCDs accounted for 52.4 per cent of 1470 total of deaths in 2014.
The Brunei Times