| Wani Roslan |
PEHIN Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Health, yesterday officially launched the Pharmacy Open Day and Roadshow at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The Pharmacy Open Day and Roadshow, themed ‘Know your Medication: Ask the Pharmacist’, is held in conjunction with World Pharmacists Day 2014 which falls every September 25.
The event also aims to support MoH’s efforts in organising the national campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) 2014.
In her welcome speech, Hajah Rosni binti Haji Jair, Acting Director of Pharmaceutical Services, highlighted that the main objective were to introduce the public to services provided by the department, as well as to enhance public knowledge on medications, health and cosmetics products including its control regulations.
The event also aims to promote pharmacy-related professions, she added.
“The theme is in line with the department’s continuous effort to increase public knowledge on medications, as well as strengthen the level of patient compliance to medical treatment, and thus, contribute to the optimal therapeutic effect,” she said.
The ceremony also saw the launching of the Brunei Darussalam National Medicines Policy (BDNMP) book by the minister
The book aims to ensure that the use of medicines in Brunei Darussalam is duly regulated and managed, as to provide a better service to the general population.
It also aims to help ensure optimal utilisation of available resources.
The ceremony then continued with the distribution of the book by the guest of honour to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the representatives of government hospitals and health clinic throughout the country, as well as to Dr Hajah Maslina binti Haji Mohsin, Director General of Health Services.
It then continued with a short briefing on BDNMP, followed with the guest of honour’s tour of the Pharmacy Open Day 2014 exhibition.
The event is opened to the public from 9am to 6pm on October 11 to 14 at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of MoH. Various activities will be held, including an exhibition on services provided by the Department of Pharmaceutical Services as well as a pharmacy career fair.
Interactive advice and briefing sessions on the use of medicines product will also be conducted, which will also cover information on medicine controls, cosmetics and related health products as well as selling of approved health supplements and cosmetics. In addition, health screening services are also available.
Also in attendance during the launching were Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the MoH, senior special duties officers, deputy permanent secretaries, directors, senior officials, officers and staff of MoH.