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Forum sheds light on women’s internal health

Rokiah Mahmud

An online forum on women’s internal health was recently organised by the Community Development Department (JAPEM) and the Brunei Youth Council (BYC) in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

The forum, ‘About Women: What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Trying to Conceive (TTC)’ was attended by some 350 participants comprising government officers, representatives from non-government organisations (NGOs), students of higher learning institutions and members of the public.

The forum saw women and medical experts share knowledge on PCOS, women’s internal health and its relation with trying to conceive. Participants learned about identifying symptoms and methods to reduce PCOS risk, as well as how to provide support if a family member was experiencing PCOS.

Legislative Council (LegCo) member and President of BYC Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari attended, alongside moderator and BYC President Nurul Izyan binti Anver. Forum panellists include Assistant Professor of Nursing and Midwifery from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Dr Serena binti Haji Hashim; Gynaecologist/Obstetrician from Prema Clinic Dr Hajah Sohaila binti Islam; Core member of the Young Professional’s Network Brunei and member of Youth Advisory of the National Youth Policy and Strategy (DBNAS) Angie Ang and Owner of Inner Lavender Co Rina Habib, a platform that offers supports for individuals facing PCOS.

Legislative Council (LegCo) member and President of BYC Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari with other participants of the forum. PHOTO: JAPEM