Stroke is the world's second highest cause of death among people above sixty years old. In Brunei Darussalam, it is the fourth highest cause of death with around 143 deaths last year and many of the victims were 65 years old and above.

According to the Minister of Health more than 300 stroke cases occur every year in the country. This means 300 people and their families are disrupted and affected by stroke. Furthermore, about 78 percent of stroke sufferers are men. Yang BerhormatDato Seri Setia Dr. Haji MdIsham bin Jaafar stated this in a message in conjunction with World Stroke Day.

What is also significant, added the Minister of Health, is the burden of 'disability' caused by a stroke attack which impact heavily not only on the victim but also the families and community involved. According to the World Stroke Organisation (W.S.O), 80 million people around the world are stroke survivors, of whom 50 million now live with permanent disabilities. In fact stroke is the main cause of disability worldwide.

Hence, the Minister of Health calls on the community in the country to give hope and continued support to the affected persons including family members to obtain the best care assistance and rehabilitation for the stroke victims. Stroke risk factors such as uncontrollable blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and smoking can be prevented by practising a healthy lifestyle and undergoing effective treatment.

The Ministry of Health with the cooperation of "Stakeholder" parties such as the Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre, PantaiJerudong Specialist Centre will continue to focus on the strategy to prevent, treat and control stroke. The Ministry of Health is also committed to continue to raise awareness on stroke to reduce the burden of the disease. The World Stroke Day theme this year is "Up Again after Stroke."

Source: Radio Television Brunei