Encouraging health, physical activity starts with everyone: Health Minister

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THE minister of health yesterday said that the Human Function Services arm of the ministry is undergoing a major review to ensure the support of its three strategic priorities for the next five years of inculcating that health is everyone’s business, deliver excellent services and preventing non-communicable diseases.

“The review aims to ensure that services are available and is client-centric, holistic, integrated, responsive, sustainable, accessible, safe and effective based on population needs using the best available evidence,” said Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi.

“Participation from a multidisciplinary team which include physiotherapists, specialists and other health professionals further strengthen the services with a view to maximising each individual’s independence, function, ability and productivity,” he said. The minister, in his message in conjunction with World Physiotherapy Day, said that physiotherapists in the country are to focus on three issues needed to overcome physical limitations and prevent long-term health conditions.

He said that physiotherapists in Brunei are focused on supporting elderly people to be independent and maintain their quality of life, prevent non-communicable diseases which compromise independence in older age and work with individuals to develop tailored exercise programmes that are essential for physical independence.

“According to a study in 2013, physical inactivity has cost the global economy $67.5 billion at the expense of healthcare and lost productivity and thus, regular physical activity and staying mobile can eliminate these problems and remain independent,” said the minister.

“This year’s theme ‘Movement for Health – Add Life to Years’ is an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of keeping people healthy, mobile and independent and the role that physiotherapists can play in this,” said the minister.

The minister said that keeping active is vital to staying fit, mobile and independent and encouraged all parties involved to play their part in achieving the goals.

“Encouraging health and physical activity starts with everyone and the benefits gained from it include prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers such as breast and colon cancer and osteoporosis,” he said.

“At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five days of the week reduces the risk of several common non-communicable diseases and supports other health benefits,” he said.

The minister ended his message by thanking the physiother apists in Brunei for continuously raising awareness about the importance of keeping people well, mobile and independent.

The Brunei Times