During the unscheduled visit to the Ministry of Health at Commonwealth Drive, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, took a closer look at several departments and divisions under the ministry.
The Emergency Operation Centre was among the sections first visited by the monarch. The Centre among other matters has a role in identifying additional requirements and coordinate support from the hospital and other agencies, as well as tackling unexpected incidences during emergencies or disasters.
With the vision; Together towards a Healthy Nation, the Ministry of Health continues to be committed in implementing its mission of enhancing the health and well-being of the citizens and residents through a high quality care system and provision of service, which are effective, efficient, responsive, equitable and accessible in line with the concept of universal health coverage. Focus was also given towards raising the public's awareness in instilling health care, cleanliness and practises towards a concept of prevention is better than treatment.
Initiatives and action plans outlined in the Ministry of Health's Strategic Plan 2019 to 2023 among other matters emphasised on the important role of every department and service under the ministry in upholding the five strategic objectives. The provision of the Strategic Plan also acts as a symbol of the ministry's support towards the achievement of Wawasan Brunei 2035, specifically in enhancing the life quality of the country's citizens and residents. The measure of health indicators and targets are also inline with the country's commitment and support towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals 2 thousand 30.
While the Ministry of Health is taking the step towards realising its strategic plan, a huge challenge was faced by the ministry when the world was hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic. However with the proactive and quick initiatives in various aspects, the country was able to curb and bring the pandemic under control effectively.
His Majesty continued with a visit to the Department of Scientific Services which plays a role in providing comprehensive scientific services through lab analysis to public health and law enforcement agencies in the country. The department has laboratories that are able to provide scientific analytical services in the required field of forensic science and public health sciences in line with current developments.
The Health Sciences and Forensic Science Sections were among those which garnered the monarch's interest. The Health Sciences Section has five laboratories among them the Food Safety and Microbiology Laboratories. The Forensic Science Section also has five laboratories namely the Narcotics and Toxicology Laboratories.
The government of His Majesty through the Ministry of Health will continue to strive to provide the best health services to ensure that the people's health is at the maximum. All initiatives and health services provided are aimed at realising the vision of Together towards a Healthy Nation.
Source: Radio Television Brunei