FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Health Screening?
Screening enables you to find out if you have a particular disease or condition even if you do not have any symptoms and/or signs of disease. Early detection means that you can get early treatment. Good control of the condition can result in better outcomes.
What is the National Health Screening Programme (NHSP)?
The National Health Screening Programme (NHSP) is a nation-wide health screening programme organized by the Ministry of Health which offers Brunei citizens and permanent residents from at-risk age group screening tests for noncommunicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol, and hence to allow for early and effective management of diseases.
What are the main aims of the Programme?
- Prevention or early detection of noncommunicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol;
- Prevention or early detection of complications caused by noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease and stroke; and
- Reduction on the rate of premature deaths due to noncommunicable diseases.
Who is eligible for the National Health Screening Programme 2019?
Brunei Darussalam citizens and permanent residents aged 40 years and above are invited to participate in the screening programme if they do not have any follow-up appointments at health centres/clinics or specialist clinic in hospitals for pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, heart diseases, and/or stroke.
Am I eligible for the screening programme if I'm already diagnosed with diabetes / high blood pressure / high blood cholesterol / heart disease or stroke?
If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes / high blood pressure / high blood cholesterol / heart disease or stroke, you are not eligible for the screening programme. Screening is only applicable for people who have not previously been diagnosed with these conditions. For those already diagnosed with these conditions, it is highly recommended for you to follow up with your regular doctor for consultation and routine monitoring of laboratory tests.
What if I am not eligible for the programme (e.g. 35 year old local or an expatriate) but would still like to be screened?
It is recommended for you to visit your General Practitioner (GP) doctor or healthcare provider for a consultation and get the appropriate advice.
How do I prepare myself for the screening?
The screening process will involve answering a series of health questions, taking physical body measurements (weight, height, blood pressure etc.) and a blood test. For the blood test, you will need to fast for 12 hours (no food and drink) prior to the test. You may take your medications as usual.
Are there any risks associated with screening?
Any screening tests/tools used are not 100% accurate or reliable. There is a chance that the test used might not be able to detect a particular disease, leading to false negative results. A false negative result means that the result is normal, when in fact, the person actually has the disease. On the other hand, it is also possible that the test will give a false positive result. A false positive result means that the result is abnormal, when in fact the person does not have the disease. This may lead to further unnecessary tests which may have its own associated risks or complications.
How do I participate in the screening programme?
Individuals who are interested to participate in the programme can register via the following options:
- Go to your catchment area health centre to fill in the Application form and drop off at allocated dropboxes labelled "Peti Pelanggan Kementerian Kesihatan"; OR
- Email the Application form to email@example.com. The form can be downloaded from the NHSP website (www.ppkk.gov.bn) under the SIGN UP button; OR
- Register online via the NHSP website using your E-Darussalam account. This can be done under the SIGN UP button.
If you are eligible, an appointment date and time will be given for you to be seen in your catchment area health centre. Please note that if you do not have any BRUHIMs number, you will need to register first.
How do I get the results of the health screening tests?
The results of your screening tests will be explained by the health screening nurse during your appointment.
Can I have my health screening at health centres other than my catchment area health centres?
It is highly advisable for participants to conduct their health screenings at their respective area health centres where they are registered. This is to allow for smooth implementation of the programme as each health centre has been designed to cater for its catchment population.
Do I need to pay if I participate in this screening programme?
You will have to pay for the $1 registration fee when you attend your clinic appointments and any other charges according to the usual Ministry of Health Scheme of Charges.
What if I have other inquiries about this programmee?
You can email all other inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your inquiries the soonest possible.