Brunei open to Pinoy docs, other medical professionals

By Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jul 15 2014 07:37 AM | Updated as of Jul 15 2014 03:37 PM

MANILA - Filipino physicians and other medical professionals can now work in Brunei Darussalam.

This was announced by Health Secretary Enrique Ona following the signing of the Philippines-Brunei Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Health Cooperation.

The MOU seeks to identify and address gaps in each country’s health sector.

“This MOU will enable both countries to collaborate specifically on initiatives under the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases [NCDs] in 2013 to 2020 as reiterated in the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on NCDs in the Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] region,” Ona said.

He added that the MOU aims to implement reform programs in health, particularly in the achievement of universal health care, which aims to ensure access to quality health services.

The MOU will identify gaps in both countries’ health sector and closely collaborate through mutual health cooperation activities to address these gaps.

The areas of cooperation identified by the MOU include:

• Public health including promotion, disease prevention and control;
• 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.

Through the MOU, the country and Brunei would prepare an action plan with implementation of programs and related activities in the respective countries through the exchange of information, experiences, and good practices, as well as exchange of visits and expert services as appropriate, Ona said.

“A significant aspect of this MOU is that it allows Filipino doctors and other medical professionals to work in Brunei for short-term periods to complement Brunei’s medical work force, particularly in specialty areas, such as cardiology, nephrology, cancer treatment, among others,” Ona added.

The MOU was signed by Ona and Brunei’s Minister of Health Haji Adanan bin Begawan during Ona’s official recent visit to the Sultanate.

After the signing, Ona was received by Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman, the Sultan’s official residence and Brunei’s seat of government.

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