Saturday, September 19

‘Fifty per cent of those with NCD unaware they have the disease’

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PUTRAJAYA: About 50 per cent of those having non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country are not aware that they have such diseases, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said that was one of the factors that prompted the government to introduce the healthcare protection scheme for the low-income B40 group, known as ‘Skim Peduli Kesihatan’, to carry out health screening to identify those with NCDs.

“Fifty per cent of those diagnosed with NCDs cannot control their disease. Hence, the need to improve primary healthcare at the health clinics so that we can control diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and other diseases,” he said at the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on Exercise Clinic’s Smart Partnership here yesterday.

He said the problem of NCDs in Malaysia was becoming worrying as the prevalence of the diseases in the country was the highest in the Asean region.

On diabetes, Dr Noor Hisham said the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) showed that 3.5 million people or 17.5 per cent of the Malaysian population were diabetic. — Bernama