By: Nio James
KOTA KKINABALU: Stroke is a global health threat. It can happen to anyone, at anytime and anywhere,” said Minister of Health and Wellbeing Sabah, Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung
“Today, it is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. However, stroke can be prevented.
It remains, till today a major health concern in all countries, including Malaysia.
An increasing number of patients are being diagnosed with acute stroke,” he said at the opening ceremony of Stroke Awareness Campaign, at Avangio Hotel, here yesterday.
His speech was read by Sabah Director of Health Datuk Dr. Christina Rundi.
Frankie said, according to data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017, 11.31% of deaths reported in Malaysia are caused by stroke.
He said, High blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smokers, and including second hand smokers are risk factors which we should all be aware.
“Many of these can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle and diet,” he added.
Frankie said, lack of awareness about stroke remains a strong barrier towards effective treatment and prevention. “As we all know, prevention is always better than cure”.
He said, stroke will not only affect one person, but also family members and love ones.
“The patient and family members, often need help and moral support.
Frankie said, better understanding of the causes of stroke and lifestyle changes have been proven to reduce the rate of deaths from stroke, in half,” he added.
Frankie said, the aim of this program is not only to raise awareness for the prevention of strokes but also to help stroke survivors explore and live as normal as they can and family members to adapt to the changes in lifestyle.
“| hope programs like this are encouraged especially with the private sector working together with the public hospitals and NGOs to build a better community.