KOTA KINABALU: The Health Department of Sabah is aiming to set up Kelab Doktor Muda in at least 50 per cent of the total 1,070 primary schools in the State by 2015 to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Disclosing this yesterday, its director Dr Christina Rundi said to date, only 146 primary schools or 13.6 per cent had set up the Kelab Doktor Muda.
“I must admit that this number is very small compared to the huge number of schools we have in Sabah.
“We are targeting 20 per cent increase annually in the number of schools to adopt this programme, until we reach the 50 per cent target by 2015,” she said when launching the State-level Doktor Muda Mobile Squad at Sekolah Kebangsaan Inanam Dua, near here yesterday.
Rundi said only 3,442 pupils were involved in the programme in Sabah since its introduction in primary school co-curriculum in 2005.
According to Rundi, the Doktor Muda programme is an initiative by the Health Ministry and Education Ministry to improve the quality of lifestyle among Malaysians.
Kelab Doktor Muda is a co-curricular programme for Year 4,5 and 6 pupils and they would be trained as mentors who act as a catalyst for change to positive knowledge, attitude and good health practice among schoolchildren, she said.
Students who participate in the club’s activities are trained on the basics of health to help them become peer educators so that they can be role models, promoters and health motivators to their friends at school.
“Looking at the current issues involving children in Malaysia such as obesity, I am sure it would be challenging for both ministries to implement this programme.
“However, I believe that if teachers are given enough time to train them as members of Kelab Doktor Muda, we would be able to help many children to appreciate their lives and look after their health,” said Rundi.
Meanwhile, State Education Department director, Jame Alip in his speech urged all primary schools in Sabah to make Kelab Doktor Muda as a compulsory co-curriculum activity in school.
He said the setting-up of such a club in primary schools would help future generations to appreciate a healthy lifestyle.
Jame’s text of speech was read out by Rosmah Sardik, a representative from the department.