Brunei Darussalam is one of the countries that has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which among others gave emphasis on the rights of people with special needs to gain access to high quality health care or Universal Health Coverage. The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Professional at the Ministry of Health made the speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Brunei Special Eye Care Service, BRU-SPECS, yesterday morning. Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abd Latif said that the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Health continues to give serious attention to the health care of all citizens and residents in the country including the health of people with special needs.

Dr Haji Zuladi said Universal Health Coverage which includes eye care is an important aspect to ensure a person's health and well-being and assist in improving their life quality. In Brunei Darussalam, Universal Health Coverage has long existed and can be obtained for free. The country's health care system and services will continue to be strengthened year to year solely to produce healthy and productive citizens including those with special needs. The Ministry of Health will continue its efforts to detect vision problems and blindness among children through eye check screening programmes. These programmes have been provided for children in pre-school, kindergarten and primary schools.

The establishment of BRU-SPECS is aimed at providing comprehensive eye care services for those with special needs and provide continuous eye care in helping to optimise their life quality. For further information on BRU-SPECS or to make appointments, the public can contact the Eye Centre, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha at 2242424 extension 6239.

Source: Radio Television Brunei