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Saturday, October 30, 2021

One in four Malaysians estimated to suffer stroke by 2040 - Noor Hisham

 


The Global Burden of Disease Stroke Statistics Worldwide survey estimated that one in four Malaysians will suffer a stroke by 2040 if no preventive action is taken, said Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said to avoid this, Malaysians need to adopt a healthy lifestyle by not smoking, following a healthy diet, doing physical activities, and avoiding alcohol consumption.

Apart from that, he said, all parties need to lend a hand to help stroke patients and their caregivers.

All parties need to implement measures to prevent stroke complications as well, he added.

“The Ministry of Health calls on all parties, especially health workers, to work together to provide quality health services and patient-centered care.

"This can help patients and caregivers address issues related to stroke and reduce the prevalence and complications," he said in a statement in conjunction with World Stroke Day 2021 yesterday.

According to the Monitoring Stroke Burden in Malaysia study, Noor Hisham said it was estimated that 150 out of 100,000 Malaysians suffered from stroke with an average daily hospitalisation of 92 cases.

He said the study also reported that 40 percent of stroke patients were under 60 years old.

"Malaysia also records almost 32 deaths every day due to stroke and stroke patients are burdened with various morbidities where seven out of 10 stroke patients depend on others to survive," he said.

Although the quality of acute stroke services in the country has shown improvement, there are still individuals who suffer from disability after a stroke.

He said the disabilities are complex and involve various aspects including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional.

On the government's commitment, he said the ministry established the Strategic Framework of the Medical Programme 2021-2025 in May last year.

The programme outlines strategies such as strengthening the delivery of health services in hospitals.

Bernama

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