AS part of the Asean Junior Travelling Fellowship Programme, every year a surgeon is selected from each participating nation under the Asean Orthopaedic Association (AOA) to spend three weeks travelling around Asean member countries.
This year, Orthopaedic Society of Brunei Darussalam, the newest member of the AOA, hosted six delegates for four days as they visited facilities at hospitals and health clinics.
The objective of this fellowship is to allow delegates to acquire experience from visiting fellow surgeons from around the region and exchanging ideas about current best practices. Additionally, it fosters good relations and networking among the surgeons from around Asean, deemed mutually beneficial.
Dr Carlo Borbon from the Philippines, who specialises in sports surgery, was impressed with the setup at government hospitals, noting that it is very much at par with international standards.
Meanwhile, Dr Aravind Kumar, a spine specialist from Singapore, said Brunei has done extremely well despite the small number, and that Brunei orthopaedic surgeons, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, are still able to meet the demands for trauma and elective surgery. This reflects the vision and commitment of doctors here to give the best health service possible to the people of Brunei.
Dr Andhika Yudistira from Indonesia noted the people of Brunei are indeed fortunate to have such a caring monarch, who places healthcare as a major priority, making it available to every citizen for free – which is extremely unique.
The visit concluded yesterday with a courtesy call to the Director-General of Medical Services Dr Hj Zulaidi bin Hj Abdul Latif.
During the four-day visit, the surgeons visited several locations including Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Operating Theatre, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), Rimba Health Centre and also enjoyed a cultural tour of Kampong Air.