Health Promotion Officer Empowers Community

Supervising Health Promotion Officer, Barbra Paiswio

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services – Health Promotion Department has over the years been empowering communities in the country on how to make right choices that contribute to influence outcomes promoting health and well being.
According to supervising health promotion officer, Barbra Paiswio, it is important for respective communities in the country to be aware of the major health issues affecting their specific communities and to prioritise immediate solutions.
“For example, some of the main issues that communities must prioritise immediate solutions are drainage problem, sanitation, rubbish sites etc. People need to empower themselves in order to identify and resolve the underlying health issues faced in their communities.
“These issues are for the communities to deal with it, therefore the people need to look after themselves and see what is best alternative approach for them in their communities. The health promotions officers are to help empower them,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mrs Babara said the current major health problem faced by the population in the country is the life style diseases (Non-communicable diseases) and it has a high mortality rate within our communities.
“The lifestyle diseases like diabetes, stroke, cancers, high blood pressures and others has become a epidemic and leading cause of death in the country, therefore communities must try to keep healthy and to improve our health.
“Because it is very important that we must look after the health of our communities,” the health promotion officer said.
Non-communicable diseases, or NCDs, are by far the leading cause of death in the world, representing 63% of all annual deaths. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill more than 36 million people each year. Some 80% of all NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
She later encouraged our local population to do regular health check-ups once a year to know their health status.