| Azlan Othman |
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) plays a role in devising policies and strategies to heighten awareness on healthcare and healthy lifestyle practices, so that the country’s youth are always in a good state of physical and mental health, as well as productive and dynamic to contribute to the country’s economic growth.
Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar stressed this in his motion of thanks to support His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah at the opening of the 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) session last Thursday.
“The monarch said that the youth are assets of the nation and part of its development machinery,” the minister noted. “In this regard, the MoH formulates policies and strategies for the raising awareness on healthcare and healthy lifestyle practices.
“Specific youth development policies in health also fully support the reinforcement of quality human capital development, and are based on the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy.”
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham added that His Majesty also stressed the importance of a whole-of-nation approach in helping the country achieve its national vision.
The monarch’s noble intention, he said, must be fully upheld, noting that this means that the health sector, multi-sectoral cooperation agencies from government agencies, the private sector, and local NGOs are further strengthened, particularly with regard to the main agenda of the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and the nation’s preparedness in addressing any public health emergencies.
“Hopefully, strong cooperation and goodwill between all parties can contribute to making Brunei Darussalam a healthy, prosperous country under the protection of Allah the Almighty, to be Baldatun Tayyibatun Warabbun Ghafur (a nation full of goodness and mercy from Allah the Almighty)’,” the minister added.