Carnival to educate public on healthy lifestyle, chronic diseases

Acting Minister of Health Pehin Dato Hj Hazair (L), looking at the brochures displayed at one of the exhibiting booths at the carnival yesterday. Picture: BT/Al-Haadi Abu Bakar

Monday, May 17, 2010

THE carnival organised to mark the World Nurses and Midwives Day yesterday was to raise awareness on healthy living and to educate the public on chronic diseases, a major health concern in Brunei.

Organised by the Nursing Services Department, Ministry of Health, the carnival was held at the Taman Mini Perayaan Kg Parit and was open to the public to partake in an array of activities which have been arranged.

Acting Nursing Officer Hjh Kamariah Hj Abdul Rahman said that as nurses, they were the frontliners in providing services to the patients and also the public.

"We are taking that opportunity, as we celebrate World Nurses and Midwives Day to inform them about chronic diseases that is a serious issue in Brunei as well as to educate them on the preventive measures, in the hopes to improve the quality of the life of the people in the country."

She said that among the leading causes of death in the Sultanate are non-infectious diseases, namely cancer, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) and high blood pressure.

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Themed "Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care", the carnival kickstarted with a bicyclethon which took participants from the Silver Jubilee Health Centre in Sengkurong to Taman Mini Perayaan Kg Parit.

The carnival was opened by Acting Minister of Health Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah, who later visited the exhibitions and participated in the activities.

Apart from the health exhibitions which gave the public a better understanding of the nursing services, there was also a free health screening for visitors to determine their body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar and renal screening, among others.

Other activities included sport activities for the adults, demonstrations of cooking healthy food, horse riding and flying fox. There was colouring competition for children.

"The carnival is organised in such a way that visitors can benefit healthily from the outdoor activities and learn about the various chronic illness and preventive measures from the nurses at the exhibition as they enjoy the fun and exciting activities on a Sunday. We even ensured that all the food vendors sold healthy foods and reduced the sugar content on their drinks," said Hjh Kamariah.

Celebrated every May 12, the International Nurses and Midwifery Day is to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, the founder of modern nursing and to acknowledge the contributions nurses make.

The Brunei Times


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