Art therapy at paediatric ward (2020)

BY James Kon & Lyna Mohamad

After four months of dedicated works by volunteers, a new mural art project for the paediatric ward at the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital in Tutong District was finally unveiled on Tuesday.

The project was organised by La Vida Bhd involving 45 volunteers to create a positive and vibrant environment for the young patients.

PMMPMHAMB Hospital CEO Abdul Mu’iz bin Haji Ibrahim and La Vida Manager Dawn Lee were joined by local celebrity Wu Chun in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the event.

This was followed by a tour of the mural art in the corridors of the ward, where Wu Chun signed on one of the walls and presented gifts to a paediatric patients.

“Going to the hospital can be a little scary and uncomfortable for children. Drawing art on the walls of hospitals can be therapeutic, helps them to feel relaxed, safe and at ease,” he said.

He added that the mural arts help promote happiness and hoped that they become a source of inspiration for the patients.

Meanwhile, PMMPMHAMB Hospital CEO thanked La Vida team and volunteers for their efforts in transforming the paediatric ward into a vibrant and colourful place.

Dawn Lee said the murals aimed at helping relieve anxieties and giving patients and their family member courage during their time in hospital.

“We are always committed to supporting the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through volunteerism,” she added.

Meanwhile, David James Lee, one of the art concept leaders, said, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to bring colour to the children’s ward. It was great to see individuals with different skills, but with the same passion and motivation, come together to give back to our community”.

Volunteer Nur Fatihah binti Johari said, “We wanted to help the paediatrics ward in creating an environment that can make the children feel at ease and comfortable.”

Yesterday’s event was the second art project organised by La Vida with the Ministry of Health as part of its community service programmes.

Assistant Superintendent of Medical Dr Pengiran Noor Affizan binti Pengiran Abdul Rahman and senior officers and staff at the hospital were also present.

The event also saw the presentation of certificates to the volunteers.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin