Tuesday, July 7

Jamilah: Educate rural folk on health issues

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Jamilah showing her culinary skills at the Health Carnival at the Batu Kawa Health Clinic yesterday.

KUCHING: The state Health Department and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should organise health-related activities in rural areas regularly to educate the people about hygiene and diseases.

In making the call, Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu said this was important because health is vital to a person’s happiness and success.

“Prevention is better than cure. This is especially true for those rural folk who have little or no knowledge about diseases, including those that are easily preventable,” she said at the closing of the Health Carnival at Batu Kawa Health Clinic here yesterday.

Jamilah, wife of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, said she had come across instances where rural people were oblivious to the dangers of dengue, which can be fatal if untreated.

“NGOs should make it a priority to conduct health talks in rural areas, besides continuing their welfare support missions.”

Cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, she noted, were on the rise due to the people’s hectic lifestyles.

“I urge everyone to go for health screening at least once a year, and this is especially important for those women who are their families’ caregivers.”

On another matter, Jamilah, honoured with the Datuk Patinggi Laila Taib Award during the state-level Women’s Day 2014 celebration on Saturday, said she had been doing charity work for the past 30 years.

“I am now 60 years old. I have no shame to admit I am proud of my age and to say that age is not a barrier for anyone to achieve and do great things. I can still run around and help people.”

The two-day carnival, launched by Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil on Saturday, featured activities such as health and dental screenings, blood donation, and community events like street soccer and cooking competition.