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Chance to run for a cause this June 30 (2019)

Secretary for the Society of Anaesthesiologists Dr Wardina Shumaimah binti Dato Paduka Buntar holds the poster of ‘Run for Life’. The T-shirts for the event are on display. – JAMES KON

BY James Kon

MEMBERS of the public who wish to contribute to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Fund, an initiative to help patients with financial difficulties, can do so by participating in the ‘Run For Life’ event to be held on June 30 at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien during Bandarku Ceria.

The Brunei Society of Anaesthesiologists (BSA) is organising the run and the proceeds will also go towards supporting the 21st ASEAN Congress of Anaesthesiologists in September this year, which Brunei Darussalam will be hosting for the first time.

Details of the event were revealed by Secretary for the BSA Dr Wardina Shumaimah binti Dato Paduka Buntar in a press conference at the RIPAS Hospital on Tuesday morning.

“The RIPAS Hospital Dana or Fund,” Dr Wardina Shumaimah explained, “involves assistance to patients in the provision of care, purchase of medical equipment, and clinical modification of the home to ensure that they receive optimum treatment either at home or in hospital.”

She continued, “The running event is held in conjunction with the ASEAN Congress of Anaesthesiologists which will be held in Brunei Darussalam for the first time on September 6 and 7.

“The congress involves all ASEAN member countries and will see the attendance of some 250 anaesthesiologists worldwide. Run for Life (means) to run for a healthy lifestyle especially after the Hari Raya celebration.”

Speaking about the Society of Anaesthesiologists and the vital role of anaesthesiologists, Dr Wardina Shumaimah highlighted, “The Society of Anaesthesiologists, Brunei Darussalam is a registered society comprising doctors in the field of anaesthesia led by Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif. Anaesthesiologists have multiple roles in the hospital.

“In the operating theatre they deliver anaesthesia to the patients for surgery, they ensure the patients’ safety during their surgery by closely monitoring them, and they are also experts in managing the pain which patients will experience during surgeries and provide special options for pain relief after certain operations through numbing by using local anaesthetics.”

“Outside of the operating theatre,” Dr Wardina Shumaimah added, “Anaesthesiologists are involved in the resuscitation of patients in the hospital as well as being part of the team that manages trauma patients.

“In the Women and Children Centre of RIPAS Hospital, they provide special methods in pain relief during labour like epidural and anaesthesia services for labouring patients who require C-section operations.”

The ‘Run For Life’ event will be split into a few categories: the 10km category for men and women aged 18 and above; as well as the 3km fun run and ride for men, women and children.

First-place winners in the men and women categories stand to win a BND300 cash prize.

Participants in both categories who finish second will get BND200, while third-place finishers will receive BND100.

Each of the top three winners will also receive a medal and a sling bag, while participants who cross the finish line will each receive a finisher’s medal and recyclable bag.

Three prizes will also be up for grabs for the participant with the best hospital-themed costume in the fun run for men, women and children.

Registration forms for the run can be obtained at Lobby 5, Ground Floor, Pondok Jualan Produk Tempatan, RIPAS Hospital on weekdays from 9am to 4pm, or at MK Fashion located at Simpang 32, Bangunan Hassan Haji Abdullah in Menglait from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday.

The deadline for registration has been extended to June 16.

For further information, contact Hassanuddin bin Matzin at 8811372 or Mohammad Kassim bin Yassin at 8851420.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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