KJ: A healthier nation possible with intra-governmental collaboration


KUALA LUMPUR: All ministries need to work together to create a healthier nation, says Health Ministry Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the people are facing many obstacles when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, citing access to affordable, nutritious meals as an example.

“Nutritious food tends to be expensive, causing parents to feed their children cheaper processed food and fast food.

ALSO READ: Health White Paper should be Malaysia's collective statement on health reforms, says KJ

“They want to exercise, but at the same time need to juggle several jobs,” he said during the Health Policy Summit 2022 policy dialogue at the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Aug 16).

Hence, he stressed, collaboration among government agencies is crucial in establishing a healthier country.

“How can our people be healthier when Malaysian cities are not walkable, the urban planning and the built environment do not encourage a healthy lifestyle?

ALSO READ: Take advantage of Peka B40 health screening, says Khairy

“Public transportation is also an example, people are too dependent on private cars to travel around,” Khairy added.

Also present at the policy dialogue were former health minister Tan Sri Dr S. Subramaniam, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health executive director Tan Sri Prof Dr Jemilah Mahmood and Axiata Group chairman Tan Sri Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, who joined on a virtual platform.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

If there are calls, I am open to being PM for a third time, says Dr M
Zahid: Opposition delirious for taking credit for political stability
Man held after smashing car window to steal flour
Cops arrest two, seize RM2mil worth of ciggies in Kota Tinggi smuggling bust
Sukma 2022: Johor hits top of medal tally
Cops probe rally outside KL shopping complex
Over RM1.2bil allocated for rural roads, says Mahdzir
Increase in demand for domestic tourism, says Tourism Malaysia
GE15: PBM to only contest seats held by elected reps, says Zuraida
MAHB apologises for flood at Penang International Airport

Others Also Read