Brunei Darussalam’s health minister said strokes were the fourth highest cause of death in the country and urged his countrymen to be aware and do what they can to avoid the serious problem.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar made the statement at the World Stroke Day 2018 on October 29, the Borneo Bulletin reported. He said more than 300 stroke cases were reported within one year in Brunei. Up to 78% of these cases involved male patients.

On a global scale, one in every 10 deaths was caused by a stroke. The ailment is also the second highest cause of death in people over 60. The theme for this year’s World Stroke Day was ‘Rising-Up After The Stroke.’

The minister said the people of Brunei should focus on the one thing that unites victims and their families, which is their ability and determination to recover for a meaningful daily life after a stroke.

In addition, the Ministry of Health will work with parties such as the Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehab Center to focus on tactics in order to tackle the number of strokes. Dr Haji Mohammad Isham urged awareness of the problem.

A stroke is a medical ailment in which the blood flow to the brain is hindered, killing brain cells. Strokes can be classified as ischemic –which is caused by a lack of blood flow – and hemorrhagic, which is caused by bleeding in the brain.