MANILA - The Philippines and Brunei recently signed a memorandum of understanding on Health Cooperation which paves the way for Filipino doctors and medical practitioners to work there for short-term periods.
The MOU was signed by Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Minister of Health Pehin Adanan during a ceremony held at the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong last June 26.
The MOU's six areas of cooperation are the following:
1. Public health including promotion, and disease control and prevention;
2. Medical and health research development;
3. Capacity building for the health profession;
4. Disaster preparedness and emergency medical services;
5. Quality assurance, including accreditation of health facilities and services; and
6. Health enforcement and regulations, among other areas.
The MOU would address Brunei's medical needs by permitting Filipino doctors and medical practitioners to work for short-term periods in Brunei particularly those in specialized fields like cardiology, nephrology, cancer treatment, among others.
Through the MOU, both countries will prepare 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.
The MOU would identify gaps in each country's health sector, and closely collaborate through mutual health cooperation activities to close those gaps.