The Malaysian Government has designed 13 new policies to help locals improve their health conditions and prevent the increase of non-communicable diseases (NCD) (Photo: Bernama)
 
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Malaysian Government has designed 13 new policies to help locals improve their health conditions and prevent the increase of non-communicable diseases (NCD).

A new policy will see restaurants’ operating hours limited until midnight, which will be carried out in stages. Excise tax will also be imposed on sweetened beverages.

On the other hand, sports equipment will be exempted from import duties; and gym operators, privately owned playgrounds; sports complexes, academies and centres will enjoy tax exemptions.

Newly-launched housing areas must also provide “green areas” including bicycle lanes, and the government will also gazette hiking areas that have not been gazetted as conservation areas.

The government will also strengthen enforcement against the sale and distribution of illegal cigarettes and introduce a programme to quit smoking called mQuit in public and private universities.

Civil servants must also keep themselves healthy as their NCD risk levels will be taken into consideration during the hiring process and also in performance evaluation and in determining promotions.

The government will also offer enhanced health screening services through various approaches and carry out national health campaigns focussing on NCDs and ensure that schools provide only nutritious food for students.

Currently, NCD is the reason behind 73 percent of deaths in Malaysia. Popular diseases include high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Health Minister S. Subramaniam said the ministry will be responsible in drawing up the key policies and spearhead the campaigns to promote a healthier nation.-VNA