In Tsirang, have 975 persons with impairments

In Tsirang, have 975 persons with impairments

According to a recent survey conducted by the Bhutan Society (ABS) in Tsirang, the dzongkhag has 975 persons living with impairments. From April through May, a team of enumerators supervised by two ABS officials conducted the survey in Zhemgang, Samtse, and Tsirang as part of the ABS’s three-year initiative “Engaging and empowering individuals with disabilities.”…

Vaccinate 58,531 children under 5, if vaccine approved

Vaccinate 58,531 children under 5, if vaccine approved

According to the National Statistics Bureau (NSB), 58,531 under-5-year-olds are unvaccinated in Bhutan. Since these children are unvaccinated, the virus can continue to spread and infect older people. International experts say vaccinating children under five is crucial. Rixin Jamtsho,the Director of Public Health Department (DPH) in the Ministry of Health (MoH), said that his department…

More hospitals will offer after-hours consultations

More hospitals will offer after-hours consultations

After the success of off-hour consultations at Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital, the programme will be adopted by regional and dzongkhag hospitals (JDWNRH). This was decided on May 12 during the 109th session of the Lhengye Zhungtshog. According to the Cabinet, the off-hour consultation service provided by the JDWNRH has been receiving excellent comments…

By late June, Bhutan expects the US food and drug administration (FDA) to approve vaccines for children under the age of five

By late June, Bhutan expects the US food and drug administration (FDA) to approve vaccines for children under the age of five

According to international sources, 19 vaccines for children under the age of five will begin as early as June 21. After specialists analyse the data on June 15, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to make a decision on Pfizer and Moderna injections for children under the age of five. Following the…

For the coming fiscal year, the government has set up Nu 10.5 billion for the health sector

For the coming fiscal year, the government has set up Nu 10.5 billion for the health sector

The health sector has been allocated Nu 10.5 billion (B) for the fiscal year 2022-2023, accounting for 12.9 percent of the entire budget allocation. Finance Minister Namgay Tshering stated this in the National Assembly yesterday when presenting the budget report for the fiscal year 2022-2023. The budget includes Nu 4B for the Ministry of Health,…

The ministry of health has intensified its surveillance for possible instances of monkeypox in Bhutan
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The ministry of health has intensified its surveillance for possible instances of monkeypox in Bhutan

Due to an upsurge in monkeypox cases reported from various countries throughout the world, the health ministry has intensified surveillance at entry ports and border areas. Despite the fact that no cases have yet been reported in neighbouring countries, health experts say the government is keeping a tight eye on the situation. As part of…

Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) gave FoTM and FNPH an “A” grade

Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) gave FoTM and FNPH an “A” grade

The Bhutan Accreditation Council awarded Grade-A accreditation to both the Faculty of Traditional Medicine (FoTM) and the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health (FNPH). The Hon’ble President of KGUMSB and other officials from four higher educational institutions witnessed the Hon’ble Chairperson of the Bhutan Accreditation Council present the accreditation certificate to the Dean of the…

In August, children aged five to eleven will receive a booster shot

In August, children aged five to eleven will receive a booster shot

In two to three months, booster injections for children aged five to eleven will be available across the country. This comes after the US Food and Drug Administration gave Pfizer’s paediatric vaccines for children in this age group emergency approval. There are around 83,200 children aged five to eleven years old, according to the health…

Budgetary support for Bhutan’s COVID-19 crisis response: Bhutan signs a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement

Budgetary support for Bhutan’s COVID-19 crisis response: Bhutan signs a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement

On May 23, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Royal Government of Bhutan signed a loan agreement for a Japanese ODA loan for the COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan of up to 3,300 million yen in Thimphu. The program’s purpose is to provide fiscal assistance to Bhutan’s government in order to aid…