The 'Health care-associated infections', HAIs are one of the most common adverse events in care delivery and a major public health problem with an impact on morbidity, mortality and quality of life. At any one time, up to 7% of patients in will acquire at least one HAI, and deaths from HAI occurs in about 10% of affected patients. According to the Minister of Health, HAIs not only causes prolonged hospital stay, long-term disability and increases the likelihood of resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobials; it incurs a massive additional financial burden for health systems and results in high life-related costs for patients and their families, as well as leads to excess deaths. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Md Isham Bin Haji Jaafar stated the matters at the Launching Ceremony of the International Infection Prevention Week Conference at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Jerudong, 19th October night.

Yang Berhormat added, as healthcare practitioners therefore, they not only have a responsibility, they have a moral duty, to do everything within their power to prevent HAIs from threatening their patients. Yang Berhormat said, this is why, infection control issues cannot be seen solely as the purview of a few specialists, but must involve all healthcare practitioners, auxiliary staff, patients and their carers themselves.

The Minister of Health as the Chairman and Executive Director of Jerudong Park Medical Centre, J.P.M.C officiated the launching of International Infection Prevention Week Conference as well as the 2nd Edition of Handbook of Antibiotic Guidelines. Also present was Doctor Haji Zulaidi Haji Abd Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health.

The ceremony ran concurrently with the presentation on Infection Prevention Culture and Pneumonia or Pneumonitis? Identifying immune-related adverse events from immune oncology therapy. JPMC conducted the two-day conference which ended today to commemorate the International Infection Prevention Week.

Source: Radio Television Brunei