KOTA KINABALU: Venous disease must become not only a state but a national healthcare priority.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin said it is a life-long degenerative disease, therefore with an increasing health related risks such as the Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism and Death, it is advisable that people seek a medical advice for this disease
Speaking during the launching of a campaign called ‟The Awareness Health Screening Campaign For Chronic Venous Disease & Varicose Veins” at the KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, today, he stressed that there are four key strategies to address the increasing venous disease with age through this program.
He said firstly the public should be informed about chronic venous disease as a lifelong degenerative condition.
“They should be shown the importance of the simple, reliable ultrasound assessment and scanning of the lower legs which can exclude incompetent veins in the lower leg,”he said adding that the other strategy is the use of medically-graded compression stockings to correct venous reflux obstructions, and surveillance programs to track venous ulcer patients.
Yahya who is also the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry shared, “The last one is building a robust public awareness campaign such as the ‟KPJ Sabah CVD Screening Program” so that patients can receive treatment when experiencing leg heaviness or cramping, leg swelling, leg pain after ambulating that is relieved with rest and elevation, visible varicose veins and history of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).”
He also commended the KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital for their efforts in carrying out the campaign.
Also present during the event were Chief Executive Officer ( CEO ) of KPJ Sabah , Mohd.Azhar Abdullah and Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon , Dr. Charles Lee .-Sayangsabah