Relocation of maternal health services in Belait

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MATERNAL and Child Health services are moving from the Seria Health Centre to the Kuala Belait Health Centre effective September 1, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said yesterday.

The consolidation of Seria’s Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) to KB’s Health Centre means that existing patients will be given the option of being transferred to the health centres in either KB or Sg Liang, both located about 20 kilometres from Seria. The catchment served by KB’s MCH is now inclusive of residents from the mukims of Kuala Belait, Kuala Balai and Seria.

MoH said the move would allow KB’s MCH, located within the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital compound, to host additional doctor-led clinics by optimising the use of the ministry’s manpower and assets.

The weekly Child Health Clinic will increase from the current two sessions in Seria and three sessions in KB to a total of six sessions in KB. The Antenatal Clinic and Well Woman Clinic will now have three sessions a week while the Postnatal Clinic and the Antenatal Ultrasound Clinic will be hosted twice a week.

The increased sessions allow for more appointment slots as well as better flexibility on schedules for home nursing services. Other key services at KB’s MCH include immunisation for those pregnant and children up to five years old and pap tests for cervical cancer.

The revamped MCH in KB will be run by a team of two permanent medical officers, nine nurses and five other support staff. The new system also means that nurses are able to refer cases to the doctor straight away, since one will be stationed onsite every working day.

The ministry also allayed concerns from the Seria community that their health centre was being phased out, noting that core services will continue to be provided, including clinics for flu, chronic diseases, dental, smoking cessation, health screening and community psychiatrists.

The Seria Health Centre’s long-term operations initially came into question by residents earlier this week after the centre posted a notice of the MCH’s move to KB.

The KB MCH’s operating hours will be 7.45am to 12.15pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm on weekdays.

As KB’s MCH will operate fully on an appointment basis, clients are advised to arrive at the MCH’s reception counter 30 minutes before their scheduled time to allow for tests like blood pressure or measurements of weight to be carried out before the actual consultation.

MoH said those with transport issues will be addressed on an individual basis with public transport available from Seria to KB’s MCH or the Sg Liang Health Centre.

The Brunei Times