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Brunei needs more local doctors, nurses, therapists’
THE Head of the Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre yesterday said the country needs more local doctors, nurses and therapists for a better rapport with patients.
Professor Datin Seri Laila Jasa Dr Uta Meyding-Lamad?, who is also the Head of Krankenhaus Nordwest Hospital (KHNW) Department of Neurology in Germany, said recruitment of local staff is one of the challenges they have to overcome in propelling the BNSRC forward.
“We would love to have many Bruneian nurses, doctors and therapists. I would like to encourage all the young people to go into the medical field because it is a very rewarding profession,” she told The Brunei Times yesterday.
[Related story: Brunei Stroke Centre achieves milestone in rehab treatment]
KHNW Managing Director Tobias Gottschalk for his part, said he felt it is important to keep the link close (between the two hospitals), and to train Brunei doctors and staff to stay on their own feet.
Professor Datin Dr Meyding-Lamad? said there is currently a close collaboration with BNSRC, where regular exchange programmes for Bruneian Discovery Year students at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) are going to Frankfurt’s Nordwest Hospital.
“Nevertheless, our goal from the very beginning was to educate on-site. You have all the facilities for being trained here on-site. Although exchange is good, it is good for the country as well to develop knowledge on-site,” she said.
The BNSRC head added , “when they get trained here from day one, all services will be delivered to the Bruneian patients”.
Since the BNSRC was established, she added no patient has been sent abroad for stroke treatment. “The whole service is really of a world-class standard, which is a huge change from before,” she said.
Vivian Suk Kee Tie, head of the Rehabilitation Department at JPMC, said on-site training is so important because although it is great to bring back knowledge gained, having to adapt it into another culture is altogether different.The Brunei Times

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