BINTULU: Prevention should be given priority over cure when it comes to health.
Assistant Minister of Industrial Development and Community Development Datuk Peter Nansian said this at a press conference after the opening ceremony of Bintulu Hospital health carnival yesterday.
He said at the opening that medical researchers in the country should utilise sophisticated research and development (R&D) facilities to find not just the cure for illness but its cause and prevention in order to improve the quality of life.
“All the way we have been talking about curing but prevention is much better and more cost-effective,” said Nansian.
He cited his recent working visit to Japan where it was difficult to find bald-headed men, and people were slimmer due to their type of diet.
“We should also find out why we get diseases so we know how to discipline ourselves,” he said.
The carnival was timely to get people closer to the doctor and vice-versa.
“Children especially, are scared to see a doctor so we must break down this barrier,” said Nansian.
“People can learn how to live a healthy life from young to grow up healthier. They should be knowledgeable about what to eat, and how to discipline themselves.
Apart from that, the government should have health policies like Japan’s where obese government servants get dismissed.
“If we have such a policy, we may be more disciplined,” Nansian added.
He cited the cholera outbreak from washing with bacteria-infected river water as an example of the need for education to avoid contracting diseases.
Among those present were health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, State Health director Dr Zulkifli Jantan, Bintulu Hospital Board of Visitors chairman Senator Pau Chiong Ung and Bintulu Hospital director Dr Azlee Ayub.