The field of medicine is rapidly developing from the aspects of technology and pharmaceuticals in patient treatments as well as healthcare. Therefore, nursing services should also be improved and updated in line with the developments through the improvement of service quality by always adhering to the "Code of Professional Practice" and "Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice" stipulated. Speaking at the International Nursing and Midwifery Day celebration, the Minister of Health emphasised that nurses must be innovative in making reformations in improving the efficiency and efficacy of services provided.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr. Haji Mohd Isham bin Jaafar in his speech urged nurses to always equip themselves with the latest knowledge in nursing, which is safe and based on comprehensive evidence based practices. Today's nurses also play a vital role in local family and community healthcare including in providing advice by influencing habits in particular towards the practice and making a culture of a healthy lifestyle. In this matter, the Minister of Health welcomes the active involvement of nurses in community works and in various support groups particularly in health care. These activities further adds value to the image, reputation and professionalism of nurses and midwives in the country.

Also present were Awang Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health; Doktor Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif and Awang Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Health. The nursing profession is the backbone of health services whereby the leadership aspect is important in ensuring optimal health services which can be enjoyed by all levels of the community.

The function also saw the launching of the mobile application "MOHCares". The application can be downloaded through Google Play Store for Android users or go to 'www.moh.gov.bn'. In this initial stage, the application is only available for Android users.

The function ran concurrently with the handing over of the "ASSALAM" tablets to Chief Executive Officers of hospitals in the four districts. The tablets are digital evaluation systems used to obtain feedbacks on the customers' satisfaction and experience at government hospitals in the country.

Source: Radio Television Brunei