KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 – The Health Ministry announced today the start of data collection for the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019, focusing on non-communicable diseases and health care demand, use, and cost.
The sixth NHMS, which will run until September, is coordinated by the Institute for Public Health, one of the research institutes under the ministry’s National Institutes of Health.
“Data will be collected through face-to-face interviews with eligible adults and children among 12,000 households chosen randomly throughout the country, involving about 30,000 respondents,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.
“The survey will include questions about topics like physical activity, diet, and other health issues. Besides that, the measurement of body weight, height, waist, and blood pressure, as well as blood tests from the fingertip to check blood sugar, cholesterol level, and red blood cells will be conducted for consenting respondents.”
The NHMS this year will combine health observations from the interiors of Sarawak to get important data on the health status of the community living there.