Tutong Hospital could soon receive long-awaited upgrade
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE public hospital in Tutong could soon receive a long-awaited upgrade, following a proposal at the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session to turn the healthcare institution into a medical centre.
Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi yesterday supported a suggestion to make the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital a medical centre in a bid to optimise the sultanate’s healthcare services.
“There are a lot of facilities. It was built primarily as a hospital (with) two operating rooms, but the use of these operating rooms has lessened,” he said.
The minister indicated that further consideration of the proposal was a possibility.
He added that council members and other interested parties, including the wider public, will be invited to review future plans for the hospital.
He shared there was also a previous recommendation to set up a centre of excellence in eye, ear, nose and throat care in Tutong due to the good road network condition.
“(The journey) from the capital to Tutong is not like in the past. Now, you can arrive in 30 to 40 minutes even on a slow drive. It is time we do this to further optimise our services to ensure there are no duplications again,” said YB Dato Dr Zulkarnain.
The proposal to upgrade the hospital was put forward by Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit, a LegCo representative from the district.
The Brunei Times