National Health and Morbidity Survey, (NHMS) found the rate of obesity has increased by three-fold, from 4.0% in 1995 to 14.0% in 2006 and 15.1% in 2011. This situation increases the risk of diet-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes which are among the main factors contributing to deaths from cardiovascular disease in Malaysia.
Clinical nutrition is a branch of patient care of patients suffering from diseases related to nutritional problems. Patients suffering from chronic diseases in the early stages can only be controlled by controlling the intake of certain food. Patients who have long suffered from chronic diseases, controlling food intake is recommended along with taking medication regularly which may prevent or slow down the effects of their ailment.
Therefore, Consultancy Services for Nutrition in health clinics was first implemented in 2007 at 17 health clinics as a pilot project across the country, targeted at clients of all ages who have health problems related to nutrition. Currently, consultancy services for clinical nutrition at primary healthcare level is periodically carried out by the Science Officer (Nutrition). As of December 2012 a total of 166 health clinics across the country are providing this service. This figure is still small compared with the total number of 985 health clinics across the country.
To control and recover from health problems related to nutrition especially for clients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases as well as obesity through the approach of nutritional consultancy services given by individuals or groups so that they can enjoy a normal life and thus able to contribute towards improving the country’s productivity.
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Encik Mohd Hasyami Saihun
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