Health Ministry to hold dialogue with parents of CDC patients

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THE Ministry of Health (MoH) will be holding a dialogue session this Tuesday with parents of Child Development Centre (CDC) patients to discuss the centre’s move to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

This was said by Head of Operational Services at MoH Mohammad Sabri Hj Anuar during a press conference with media representatives at RIPAS Hospital’s Women and Children’s Centre on Saturday.

Mohammad Sabri said the dialogue session with parents on May 17 is aimed at addressing any concerns parents of CDC patients may have regarding the centre’s move to RIPAS Hospital this June.

“We will be having a consultative meeting with parents and will hear out their concerns and if they have any suggestions,” he said.

Prior to deciding on the integration of CDC‘s services at RIPAS Hospital, a consultative meeting was held in March with stakeholders with a dialogue session involving the MoH, non-governmental organisations as well as parents of special needs patients where some concerns regarding the move were raised.

The health official said the idea of the move was well received by parents, adding that parents have given positive inputs on ways to improve MoH’s care to special needs children.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at MoH Dr Hjh Maslina Hj Mohsin, who was also present at the press conference said the idea behind the move is to get the most out of their human resources and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of manpower.

She added that it is a part of the Health Ministry’s drive in providing added value and excellent services for better and clearer outcomes for their clients.

Dr Hjh Maslina also noted that there were some concerns raised by parents of special needs children on social media about the move, on whether the relocation will be favourable for their children and if their children will be seeing new therapists.

The deputy permanent secretary assured that the relocation remains in the special children and their family’s best interest, noting that the move seeks to reduce the patient’s waiting time while also enhancing their client’s experience.

“It will be the same people who will be looking after the children regardless of where they are being placed, and in fact there will be additional people who will be looking after the children.”

The Brunei Times