Brunei Darussalam needs to continue enhancing its capacities and preparedness level through a Whole-of-Nation approach even though the country has made significant improvements in making the country safer. The approach links all relevant sectors including finance, health, agriculture, environment, emergency responders, security agencies and others, working closely together to protect the health and wellbeing of the people. The Minister of Health outlined the matter at the opening of the Joint External Evaluation, JEE of International Health Regulations, IHR Core Capacities, yesterday morning. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said the measure demonstrates the Government of Brunei Darussalam's commitment in building natural capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats.

The Minister of Health added that the proceeding work will be a continuous process, tailored to the needs and priorities of the country and ensuring that all will be protected, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable groups of the population. The Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations Core Capacities hosted by the Ministry of Health takes place until the 1st of November. The International Health Regulations 2005 is the legal framework for global health security. All World Health Organization Member States are required to develop minimum core capacities to detect, assess, report and respond to acute public health events and emergencies. Meanwhile, the JEE is one of the core components of the IHR monitoring and evaluation framework designed to assess the required capacities.

Source: Radio Television Brunei