The involvement of various parties including the government and non-government sectors as well as parents or guardians is vital in child development. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, also stressed that united support is needed to ensure the best care is given. Up to 2020, seven hundred and 66 children are registered at the Child Development centre which is an increase compared to 2010, with only about 400 children. Speaking at the official opening of the Child Development Centre in Kiarong yesterday morning, the Minister of Health also said, the country needs to be more focused not only on the survival of children or reducing the rate of mortality, but also ensure optimal child development and the best quality of life. This is to ensure the quality of life of future generations is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and Wawasan Negara 2035.
Yang Berhormat said, with the establishment of the new Child Development Centre, the Ministry of Health hoped that it can provide services in support of child development more effectively and efficiently. The centre is also hoped to continue expanding on the future from the aspect of its capacity and capabilities in addressing issues related to child development.
The Child Development Centre Building Project is estimated to have cost more than 1.2 million dollars and was completed at the end of last year. It was especially built to provide comprehensive services from prevention, early detection, early intervention and holistic treatment covering all life aspects of children with special needs.
The function continued with a presentation of certificates to sponsors comprising private companies and individuals who have contributed towards the centre's construction project and planting of trees at the centre's compound.
Source: Radio Television Brunei