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Urgent need for trained experts to tackle challenging trauma cases, says minister

James Kon

A total of 2,131 road traffic accidents were reported with 20 fatalities in 2022, according to data released by the National Road Safety Council (MKKJR).

The consequences of these incidents, result in loss of life, leaving families shattered with grief.

This is particularly tragic as trauma-related deaths can be avoided.

The concern over trauma continues to be one of the main causes of death in the Sultanate.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar raised the matter during the launch of the first Major Trauma Life Support – Training to Save Lives Course in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

“It is precisely because of this that the work you are undertaking becomes even more critical. Emergency management during the initial hours following an accident is essential to boost the trauma victims survival rate. By equipping healthcare professionals with life-saving skills, the course has the potential to reduce preventable fatalities and enhance trauma management.”

The Trauma Life Support Course was developed and designed under the direction of the Resuscitation Development and Monitoring Unit (RDMU) to suit the Sultanate’s setup.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar addresses the gathering at the event. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The minister expressed gratitude to the organisers for the commitment, dedication, and vision in recognising the urgent need for specialised training in major trauma life support.

He thanked the course co-chairs for leading the endeavour – Dr Aehtoosham for his contribution to the course content – and also to the instructors for sharing time and knowledge.

“They have played an instrumental role in assembling a comprehensive curriculum that ensures participants are equipped with the skills to handle the most challenging trauma cases,” he said.

To the participants of the course, the minister said, “Your commitment to enhancing your knowledge and skills in trauma management is truly commendable.

“Your presence here today is a testament to your dedication to saving lives and making a difference. The knowledge and skills you acquire will directly impact the lives of individuals who find themselves in desperate situations. Your ability to react swiftly, confidently, and effectively in the face of trauma can mean the difference between life and death.

“Families will be spared the unbearable pain of losing a loved one prematurely. Communities will witness a significant decrease in preventable fatalities. The impact of your work will be far-reaching and immeasurable.”

He encouraged the organisers to conduct the course every year, and that it be included as a training requirement in the relevant specialties.

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