PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences (IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and The Occupational and Environmental Institute of Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11th January 2017 at IHS Extension Building, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
Signing on behalf of Universiti Brunei Darussalam was Dr Hjh Rafidah Binti Haji Gharif, Dean of IHS while Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital was represented by its Director, Dr Somboon Tosborvorn M.D.
Also present to witness the signing were Professor David Koh, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Dr Theerapol Topanthanont M.D., Director General of Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health. The Thai delegation also included the Deputy Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Centre, Deputy Director of Cluster of Nursing, Director of Medical Research and Technology Assessment Department along with Occupational Health professionals. Principal Officers and academics from UBD also attended the ceremony.
The MoU signing brings in more active collaboration from UBD and Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital. It builds on an ASEAN project to develop Diagnostic Criteria for Occupational Diseases and reciprocal visits between Professor David Koh, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation to Thailand and the leadership of Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital to Brunei. It will give the two establishments a framework for further collaboration in terms of staff and student exchanges, waived charges for reciprocal attendance on relevant short courses, joint seminars and development of joint research projects.
Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital is a leading national Occupational Health centre in Thailand. Its emphasis is on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease by working with other agencies and serving as a National Health Authority. Their work focuses on diagnosis of occupational and environmental diseases, formulating national guidelines, setting standards for monitoring health (such as driver’s license physical check up every two years), establishing training courses and building capacity. They have an Occupational Health Clinic that provides occupational health service. It also developed a Nopparat occupational health model and hosts the National Toxicology Centre.
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