IIPW zooms in on infection prevention, control measures

The final of the two-day International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) event continued at The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) Medical Director and IIPW Chairperson Dr Meera Sahib Kabeer welcomed the attendees for the second event.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the Ministry of Health (MoH) and guest of honour Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif said, “Modern medical technology and knowledge save millions of lives each year and safeguard us against many of the infectious diseases that afflicted our forebears. But the battle against infectious microbes will never end, and infection control will always be at the centre of all healthcare services.

“It is the primary duty of every healthcare facility in Brunei to establish a blueprint for safe practice that minimises the risk of infection, ensure the provision of adequate resources, appropriate documentation, staff education, appropriate surveillance and the promotion of prudent approaches to treatments.”

Dr Haji Zulaidi added, “While emerging and re-emerging pathogens present a real threat, it’s possible to meet this challenge. The new Infection Control Standards, Brunei National Anti-microbial resistance programme, antibiotic monitoring, audit initiatives and comprehensive responses to instances of non-compliances constitute an effective mix to fight this challenge.”

Meanwhile, Dr Ling Moi Lin, an expert from the Singapore General Hospital in healthcare quality, highlighted in her talk the need for ‘Risk Management in Infection Prevention.’

JPMC Clinical Charge Nurse Rozi Ismail along with Head of Infectious Disease Department at the Ministry of Health Dr Hajah Rosmonaliza binti Haji Awang and Head of Occupational Health Division at the MoH Dr Alice Ali also shed light on infection prevention and control measures.

The two-day event included interaction between the speakers and the audience.

The event was held in collaboration with two local healthcare entities, Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre and was supported by MSD Singapore. It was held to commemorate International Infect-ion Prevention Week.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the Ministry of Health Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif delivers his speech. PHOTO: JPMC