Brunei's Ministry of Health and King's College London recently renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of health, a signing that was witnessed by the Minister of Health Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Mohd Yusof.
The MoU was signed by the Acting Director-General of Medical Services Dr Hjh Rahmah bte Hj Md Said, while the Dean of Dental Institute, Prof Dianne Rekow, represented King's College London.
Through such MoU, a diploma programme in Dental Hygiene and Therapy (a three-year clinical course) has been established, and is handled by the Ministry of Health and King's College, London.
To date, 26 locals have successfully completed the course and obtained diplomas. The programme is carried-out continuously and is an initiative by the ministry to strengthen professional dental capacity building in the Sultanate, not only for dental doctors but also nurses. Currently, 10 students are undergoing the course and this year, 12 students will begin the course.
The minister and his delegation also held talks with King's College to explore the possibility of enhancing ties in the field of community dental healthcare.
The minister also made a working visit to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, including the rehabilitative services at the hospital on the following day.
Discussions with Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh were also held to find opportunities for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals of the ministry to undergo post-graduate speciality training.
Both parties also agreed to establish MoU in health, especially towards strengthening capacity building of various local health professionals and to enhance the quality of healthcare system in Brunei.