S'pore, Brunei fortify efforts in health and medicine

The governments of Brunei Darussalam and Singapore are enhancing and strengthening cooperation in the field of medicine and health in a number of areas following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday.

The MoU will prioritise the development of health professionals and the improvement of various expertise in the medical and health field, a statement said.

The areas of cooperation in the new MoU will focus on various health fields such as basic healthcare and the development of health and medical research.

This also includes the prevention and control of non-infectious diseases and health promotion; the surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases; oral healthcare; the supply of medicinal and related products; and the regulatory framework for professional practice, health facilities and products which includes pharmaceuticals, herbs or traditional medicines, cosmetics, medical devices and tobacco products among others.

"The relationship in the field of health between both countries has been very close and has strengthened in terms of developing capacity together in a number of specialised medicine and health areas," the statement said.

Also contributing to the strengthening of both countries' relationship in the health field are the referral of patients, consultancy services, the exchange of information and experience about the affairs and development of medicine and health, and work and exchange visits.

These efforts are for the benefit of improving the quality of healthcare services in both countries by sharing experiences and best practices in technical, scientific and human resources training.

Currently, 14 medical officers and two senior medical officers from Brunei are undergoing a specialist course in Singapore.

Thirteen doctors from Brunei have completed courses in various clinical expertise fields between 2010 and 2013.

Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof, represented the Brunei government whilst Singapore's Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong represented Singapore during the signing of the MoU.

The signing ceremony took place at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.