Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office, YB Pehin Dato Dr Hj Mphammad Yasmin (L), as Chairman of JPMC Board of Directors, attending the Second International Neurological Conference in Brunei Darussalam held at UBD yesterday. Picture: BT/Yusri Adanan
The Second International Neurological Conference In Brunei Darussalam was held yesterday at the Chancellor Hall of UBD.
Present as the guest of honour was the Minister of Energy Minister the Prime Minister's Office, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, who is also Chairman of JPMC Board of Directors.
Focusing on "New Advances in Neurology in Brunei Darussalam", the conference represents the successful cooperation between JPMC and Krankenhaus Nordwest in Germany, which has brought major benefit for patients with stroke and other acute neurological diseases and saved many lives.
The conference was jointly organised by the Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (NSRC) at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Krankenhaus Nordwest Hospital and Heidelberg University.
The conference featured six topics, giving an overview of new developments in diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases as well as introducing the Discovery year students' programme between UBD and NSRC.
It highlighted that the success of NSRC lies within the modern high-quality care offered by the intensive care unit, stroke unit and normal ward with an emphasis on multi-professional rehabilitation.
Treatment by a dedicated stroke unit is proven to be highly effective for improving mortality, reducing disability and getting the patient back to an independent life.
The conference also presented updates on studies conducted by JPMC and UBD, which include an epidemiological study which aims to quantify the prevalence of strokes and other neurological diseases among the Bruneian population.
Other studies include projects focusing on infections of the nervous system in Brunei and with the hope of producing laboratory studies on neuro infections as well as early diagnosis and treatment of dementia as this is a pertinent area given the increasing life expectancy in Brunei.
Stroke prevention and public awareness campaigns are additional challenges for the NSRC stroke team. New campaigns are in preparation, as it is known that only repetitive measures could change the attitude and behaviour in the case of a suspected stroke.
Also present at the event were UBD Acting Vice-Chancellor Hjh Anis Hj Zulkiflee, Professor Dr Azman Ahmad Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Wangsa Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz.
Representing JPMC was Professor Datin Paduka Dr Uta Meyding-Lamadé, who is Head of both NSRC and the Head of Krankenhaus Nordwest (KHNW) Hospital Department of Neurology, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Isham Jaafar the Medical and Executive Director, Professor Dr Bodo Kress Head of the Neuroradiology Department and His Excellency Roland Christian Grafe, the German Ambassador for Brunei Darussalam. Aaron Alwines.
The Brunei Times