PH: Health Secretary visits Brunei, concludes on MOU
Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona on has officially visited Brunei Darussalam, where he was welcomed by His Majesty the Sultan, and discussed with his Brunei counterparts the cooperation of the two countries on health services.
According to a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the cooperation between the Philippine and Brunei covers a wide area, including public health including promotion, disease control and prevention, medical and health research development, capacity building for the health profession, disaster preparedness and emergency medical services, quality assurance, including accreditation of health facilities and services, and health enforcement and regulations, among other areas.
Through the MOU, the Philippines and Brunei would prepare an action plan with implementation of programs and related activities in respective countries through exchange of information, experiences, and good practices as well as exchange of visits and expert services as appropriate.
More importantly, the MOU would address Brunei’s medical needs by permitting Filipino doctors and other medical practitioners to work in Brunei for short-term periods to complement Brunei’s medical workforce, particularly in specialized fields, e.g. cardiology, nephrology, cancer treatment, among others.
Secretary Ona stated that the MOU aims to implement reform programs in health, particularly in the achievement of universal healthcare which aims to ensure access to quality health services.
Secretary Ona also visited the Rimba Dialysis in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan.