BND250K boost for health projects

Hakim Hayat

The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday received a BND250,000 cheque for a collaborative venture with Gleneagles JPMC Sdn Bhd, in continuing a public-private partnership (PPP) initiated last year between both sides.

Gleneagles JPMC Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Tay presented the cheque to Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the MoH Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif during a ceremony at the MoH, Commonwealth Drive. Prior to the cheque handover, signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were exchanged between both parties.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar as well as the permanent secretary and deputy permanent secretaries at the MoH attended.

Under the MoU, Gleneagles JPMC will fund three major programmes to be implemented by the Health Promotion Centre. The programmes aim to improve the health of Bruneians, specifically in the workplace and community settings.

The Workplace and Health Programme encourages workplaces to provide supportive environment and actions for employees to be more active, to eat healthy, be smoke-free and have good mental well-being.

The Happy Environment and Lifestyle Programme is intended to facilitate and support physical activity interventions in community settings, leveraging on partnerships and networks with local communities, schools, businesses, health centres and other sports and recreational stakeholders.

The Healthy Lifestyle Programme is a recent addition to complement the other two, in raising awareness on risk factors of non-communicable diseases, particularly on unhealthy eating and smoking, which are major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

According to an MoH press statement, the MoU also underscores the commitment of both agencies in strengthening and synergising efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle and in continuously support initiatives to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in Brunei Darussalam.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar looks on as Gleneagles JPMC Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Tay presents a mock cheque to Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the Ministry of Health Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI