MoH launches BND1.2M Child Development Centre Project

Azlan Othman

The Ministry of Health (MoH) launched the Child Development Centre Project at the Child Development Centre (CDC) in Kampong Kiarong yesterday with Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar as the guest of honour.

The CDC which is being refurbished with a modern design will also provide excellent and comprehensive healthcare.

The project, which began in November 2019, is expected to be completed by May 2020. The total renovation project expenditure is estimated at nearly BND1.2 million.

Five abandoned bungalows in the area will be completely refurbished to include a playground to accommodate paediatrics; dental, psychology and medical social workers; communication, audiology, teacher of hearing impairment; occupational therapy and early development programme; and physiotherapy.

The event was launched by the minister with a video of the CDC and viewing of the exhibition. It concluded with a visit by the minister to one of the CDC buildings and a photo session.

CDC is a place where children are referred to when parents or professionals need to know about their development, learning or behaviour.

CDC’s vision is that all children should be helped to lead a healthy life by intervening early if the need arises.

CDC provides services for children with conditions such as learning difficulties; neurodevelopmental disorders – (autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning difficulties); neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy; neuromuscular disorders such as duchenne muscular dystrophy: speech, language and communication disorders; psychological, behavioural, socialisation and parenting difficulties: visual and hearing impairments; inherited conditions (syndromes); motor disorders; metabolic disorders; and associated problems such as behavioural issues, feeding / nutritional problems; aspiration and recurrent respiratory infections; orthopaedic complications; medical problems such as asthma, seizures; sleep disorders as well as social and family problems.

Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the MoH Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management) at the MoH Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin; Acting Director-General of Medical and Health Dr Pengiran Haji Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail and senior officers at the MoH and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital were also present at the ceremony.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar takes a closer look at the project’s plan. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR