PUTRAJAYA : The Health Ministry is to publish policy briefs outlining current issues, challenges, opportunities for improvement and action to be taken to empower the diabetes control programme in Malaysia.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the policy was important and must be published to boost the knowledge and spirit of diabetics as it could better clarify steps that could be taken to control the disease.
"Diabetic patients play an important role in making a positive behavioural change towards achieving the target of treatment, reducing the risks of complication from diabetes and ensuring a good quality of life," he told a media conference after attending a Diabetes Policy Round Table Series Meeting at the ministry, here, today.
The inaugural meeting was organised by the ministry and the Danish Embassy in Malaysia. It was opened by Princess Benedikte of Denmark who was on an official visit to Malaysia from Jan 11 to today.
Subramaniam said the main objective of the meeting was to get the views and inputs from the participants, who comprised doctors, nurses, dietitians and specialists, to seek the best method to boost the diabetes control programme in Malaysia.
"Until to date, the ministry has recorded 2.6 million diabetics in Malaysia and the number is expected to go up.
"There is a possibility that some of diabetics do not get complete and proper treatment and so this policy will be important for them," he said.
Among the factors contributing towards diabetes is food intake, and in this regard, the people of Malaysia must adopt a healthy intake of food, especially by reducing consumption of sweet foods for optimum healthcare, he said.-- BERNAMA