Moyog assemblyman Datuk Donald Mojuntin is urging residents in the district of Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid non-communicable diseases (NCD).
This is because deaths caused by NCD such as cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes as well as chronic respiratory diseases can bring about hardship, especially if they claim the lives of a family breadwinner, the Assistant Finance Minister said.
“Not only will the loss be felt by the family, it will also be a loss to the country’s productivity,” Donald stressed.
According to him NCD could be prevented through easy measures which do not involve high costs, such as walking 10,000 steps daily and eating healthy by reducing the consumption of sugar and salt in food.
In his speech at the ‘Merakyatkan Kesihatan Desa’ mini carnival which was held at Sekolah Kebangsaan St Theresa Inobong here yesterday, Donald added that local fruits which are cheap and high in vitamins as well as nutrients are a healthy choice for the people.
His speech was delivered by Penampang Community Development Officer Bryan Matasing.
“I hope this carnival can create awareness among the local community about NCD and communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue and cholera among others,” Donald said.