Discussion Session

The Ministry of Health will continue to redouble actions to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in the country. In these five years, the Ministry of Health is committed towards the proposed global targets on non-communicable diseases. The targets are stopping the rise in obesity and diabetes; reducing the rate of tobacco use by 30 percent; reducing the rate of hypertension patients by 25 percent; reducing the rate of drinks containing sugar amongst children by 50 percent and reducing the rate of tooth decay amongst children.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health voiced this while chairing the Discussion Session between the Ministry of Health and members of the Legislative Council yesterday morning. Yang Berhormat also shared a number of initiatives that are currently being carried out by the ministry covering renovation and repair projects at all hospitals and health centres nationwide under the 11th National Development Plan. Some of the infrastructure projects that are gearing to be carried out include the new health centre construction project at the Pandan area in Kuala Belait; the construction of the Jubli Perak Sengkurong Health Centre's new block; construction of the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital's new emergency services building in Kuala Belait; and the construction of the BSL3 Certified Laboratory to uphold the establishment of the National TB Reference and Virology Services Laboratory. Apart from that, by 2020, the Child Development Centre building will begin construction outside the vicinity of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.

Earlier, the members of the Legislative Council led by Yang Berhormat Awang Hanapi bij Mohd Siput, took a tour of a number of newly renovated services and facilities at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital. The session aimed to take a closer look at the latest progress in services at the hospital including the Heart Centre, Ward 4 - Acute Medical Unit; Emergency Department; Endocrine Centre; and Outpatient Pharmacy. The World Health Organisation has validated that Brunei Darussalam has the capacity suitable in preventing, detecting and responding to any public health threats either biological such as epidemics or chemical and radiation emergencies.

Source: Radio Television Brunei