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Chasing dream at expense of health still big problem

Published on: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Unhealthy lifestyle is still a major problem among the community today who like to spend most of their time working to chase their dream, until maintaining good health becomes their second priority.

Sabah Medical Association President Dr Alan Yap Jiann Wen said people nowadays spend most of their time working hard to pursue their life dream rather than maintaining their own health.

Life goals are more focused on work performance, position and status until they forget to take care of their health.

"Most of them give a variety of excuses for not exercising, not practising balanced diet or having enough rest.

In fact, there are a few who do not see a doctor if they fall sick," said Yap, adding that, all of it would only harm them and could cause a variety of diseases unnoticed.

He said this in his speech at the "Utamakan Kesihatan Bersama-Sama (Prioritising Health Together) Day at Wisma Wanita, here, Saturday.

The event was jointly held by the Sabah Medical Association and Health Committee, Sabah Women Advisory Council.

"Therefore, we work on this event together to achieve a common goal, which is to provide and improve the level of health awareness to the public and to create a healthier society," said Yap, who was the organising chairperson of the event.

According to Yap, problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart ailments, kidney failure, high cholesterol, diabetes and osteoporosis are increasing in line with the economic development of the country.

Apart from that, he said diseases among women such as breast and cervical cancer are still killing many women in the country although there are methods of screening that can detect the disease early.

Meanwhile, State Attorney-General Datuk Mariati Robert, who officiated at the event, urged the public to be vigilant on cancer and other chronic diseases which could occur due to factors such as living an unhealthy lifestyle.

"Awareness of these diseases can help in preventing them by completing our knowledge about health, early signs of the disease and how to prevent it," said Mariati.

Among programmes held during the event were talks by various consultants on heart diseases, breast cancer, cervical cancer, osteoporosis and diet in non-communicable diseases.

There were also booths with activities such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, blood pressure check-up, diabetes, blood sugar check-up, body fat analysis, osteoporosis and eye screening and many more.

Also present were State Women Affairs Department Director Fatimah Jaafar and Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 Director Dr Herric Coray.