Briefing targets health, drug issues

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei-Muara District Office held a briefing yesterday for penghulus of mukims and village heads on vector-borne diseases and drug rehabilitation.

The first session began with a talk by Pg Dr Hj Sirajul Adli Pg Hj Jamaluddin, a medical officer from the Disease Control Division of the Health Services Department.

He explained about vector-borne diseases that are contagious and spread by insects, animals or infected people to other people, noting that most of these diseases are spread through mosquito bites.

Although there are vector-borne infections that don’t result in serious illnesses, some may still cause death such as malaria, filariasis, dengue fever, Yellow fever and the West Nile virus, he said.

These types of diseases are spread by mosquitoes that breed in places like blocked drainage systems, tyre heaps exposed to rainwater and areas where water collects such as paddy fields.

Another speaker at the briefing, Hj Japar Hj Jais, a senior health officer from the Disease Control Division of the Department of Environmental Health Services, said although they provide services to villages for controlling mosquitoes such as fogging and spraying insecticide, they do so on a priority basis based on reported cases and incidents.

Therefore, it is up to penghulus of mukims and village heads to ensure that their villagers are also aware of their responsibility to ensure cleanliness and prevent mosquito breeding.

He said they can do this by regularly cleaning their homes and their surroundings and also by holding cleaning campaigns and village cleanups.

In the second session, the penghulus and village heads were briefed on the role of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), including the guidelines for the admittance of drug addicts and drug offenders to the Al-Islah Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre.

The briefing was given by Hjh Norasibah Hj Umar, a senior narcotics officer at the NCB.

According to Hjh Norasibah, the centre adopts the psycho-social model focusing on effecting behavioural changes through a therapeutic community programme, spiritual therapy, life skills and vocational training.

Hjh Norasibah also touched on the provision called the Temporary Release Scheme, which was introduced in 2012.

This involves a transitional phase for drug addicts and drug offenders prior to their release from the centre which aims to gradually prepare them psychologically to be re-integrated into the community. It also allows them to find employment, participate in any work attachment and become involved with community services outside the centre under its close supervision.

She also stressed the role of the family, which is vital in support of their recovery process.

The centre also provides psycho-education to family members through family visits with addicts and drug offenders and social gatherings with families at the centre.

According to Hjh Norasibah, the centre currently houses 175 drug addicts and offenders, with the youngest being a 16-year-old male and the oldest a 59-year-old female.

Also attending the briefing was Misle Hj Abd Karim, acting Brunei-Muara district officer, Legislative Council members and senior officers from the Brunei-Muara District Office.

The Brunei Times