| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Brunei Cardiac Society recently welcomed a delegation from the Asean Federation of Cardiology who were in the country to attend a scientific council meeting held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
Being the latest member of the federation, the Brunei Cardiac Society is honoured to host this council meeting for presidents and office bearers from Asean countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Brunei Cardiac Society was launched in April 2014 and within a short period of time affiliated with the Asean Federation of Cardiology which works as a support group for the development of cardiology in the entire Asean region through exchange of ideas, expertise and supporting various educational programmes.
While in the country, members of the Asean Federation of Cardiology were also given a tour of the various cardiology facilities available for the residents of the country.
The tour was hosted by the President of Brunei Cardiac Society, Dato Dr Isham Jaafar and began with a visit to Jerudong Park Medical Centre’s Rehabilitation Department and Fitness Centre.
The visit then proceeded to the country’s only private cardiac centre, Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre to have a closer look at the interventional and surgical facilities for cardiac patients in Brunei.
According to the press release from JPMC, Angiograms, simple and complex angioplasties, bypass surgeries, valve replacements, complex cardiac surgeries, device closures were all established within 10 years of the start of service.
The tour concluded with a visit to The Cardiac Centre of RIPAS Hospital where the delegate was welcomed by Dr Sofian Johar, Head of Cardiology Department of RIPAS.
In spite of the recent fire disaster, RIPAS Cardiac Centre was fully operational within 48 hours after the incident with all its Inpatient, Outpatient, Special investigations, Nurse Led programmes (Heart Failure, Preventive and Arrhythmias), Remote Monitoring Service, Transoesophageal Echocardiography, Transthoracic Echocardiography, Pacemaker Implant & Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator, 24 hours / 48 hours Holter monitoring, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Heart Failure Programme, Multi-detector Computed Tomography, Electro Cardiogram operating to name a few.
One of the greatest milestones by RIPAS cardiologists was being the first in Asia to use implantable loop recorder Reveal LINQ Cardiac Monitor (ICM) device and making it more than 80 per cent smaller than the one previously used by the Cardiology Centre.
While the device is significantly smaller, the device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years, with 20 per cent more data memory than its larger predecessor and additionally the invention of the Renal Denervation Programme and a very robust Preventive Cardiology Programme has seen more than 2000 cardiac CT being performed.
The delegation were very impressed with the government of His Majesty in providing free health care to all its citizens from basic health care to most advance cardiac care with advance equipment and exceptional level of medical service.