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Liow: National Health and Morbidity Surveys to be Published Every Four Years

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 MAY, 2011: From this year onwards, a full report of the National Health and Morbidity Surveys (NHMS) will be published every four years, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.


He said the NHMS, a population-based survey which was started in 1986, was conducted every ten years, the latest survey being in 2006.

"You would agree with me that 10 years is too far apart for effective surveillance," he said in his speech at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Sunday.

The text of his speech was made available here.

Liow said last year he had instructed the relevant divisions to review the methodology and frequency of NHMS.

He said the preliminary reports on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) risk factors would however be made available annually.

Liow said the NHMS was historically the main source of epidemiological data in Malaysia.
He also said that strengthening of the health systems had also been described as an important component for the management of NCD.

"With over 70 per cent of patients diagnosed with diabetes seeking treatment in public primary health care facilities in Malaysia, this component becomes even more important," he said.

Liow was referring to the National Strategic Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases which he announced last year to prevent or delay the onset of NCD like diabetes and obesity.

Meanwhile, he said several policy decisions were made with regards to health of school childen after the first meeting of the Cabinet Commitee for A Health Promoting Environment chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on last April 4.

"Amongst these include recording of students' body mass index (BMI) status on the report cards at the end of each term, which will then be reviewed by parents, strengthening the implementation of a healthy school canteen, introduction of healthy vending machines in schools and lastly strengthening the
implementation of the ban of sale of unhealthy foods and drinks outside of schools perimeters," he added.

Liow is in Geneva to attend the 64th World Health Assembly from May 16 to 21.


- Bernama








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