The prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains a national priority, and Brunei Darussalam seeks to strengthen its existing collaboration with the Western Pacific Regional Office, in particular on the development of cancer and NCD registries that can yield high quality information for action. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health stated the matter at the 69th Session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines. The Minister of Health also shared on Brunei's achievements in the field of tuberculosis (TB) control over the decades as an early achiever of the TB-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, he also noted that recent years had seen stagnation in these achievements and he sought innovative approaches to tackling this issue.

The meeting also discussed on matters related to neglected tropical diseases, rehabilitation, strengthening legal frameworks for the sustainable development goals (SDGs), harnessing e-health for improved service delivery, and improving hospital planning and management. During the session, the meeting also nominated Dr Takashi Kasai from Japan as the new Regional Director for the Western Pacific for a term of 5 years. Also attending the meeting was Doctor Haji Zulaidi Abdul Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Professional at the Ministry of Health.

Source: Radio Television Brunei