Global Road Safety Week- 2016
Bhutan began observing the 2016 Global Road Safety Week with the theme “Being responsible on the road”, at Changangkha Middle Secondary School, Thimphu, on 2nd May to coincide with commemoration of birth anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo and the Teacher’s Day. The Mayor (Thrompoen) of Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu, who graced the occasion as the chief guest, launched the brochure on Road Safety Tips which will be distributed across the country.
End Malaria for Good
The World Malaria Day is celebrated today at the Sarpang Central School, Sarpang District with the theme End Malaria for Good. Sarpang District is the malaria hotspot district in the country contributing more than 64% of the total cases in the country.
The event was graced by Lyonpo D N Dhungyel, Hon’ble Minister for Information and Communications and was attended by Director of Public Health, Governor of Sarpang District, WHO Representative Dr Ornella Lincetto, Sector heads and the students and teachers of Sarpang Central School.
International Workshop on Prevention and Control of Scrub Typhus
A three day international Workshop on Scrub Typhus is being held at Hotel Ariya, Thimphu from April 20, 2016. The workshop, supported by WHO, is attended by 45 participants representing various organizations, including Department of Livestock, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Science of Bhutan, College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan and Ministry of Health.
International experts from WHO SEARO, AFRIMS Bangkok, Sriraj Hospital, CMC Vellore and UK are facilitating the workshop.
Scrub typhus is an emerging infectious disease of public health importance in Bhutan. From 2012-15, 266 cases has been reported from Southern and Central Region of the country.
Update: Bhutan celebrates the World Health Day, 2016
Bhutan joined the global community on 7th April, 2016, to raise awareness of diabetes – a preventable condition which has now become one of the major public health concerns in Bhutan and globally. The day was observed at Rinpung Dzong, Paro District.
In his opening remarks, the honorable Health Minister, Tandin Wangchuk, began by expressing his gratitude to the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan, who generously donated Dialysis and Echo-Cardio graph machines, and for issuing an edict on the prevention and control of NCDs in Bhutan. He added that Paro Dzong was strategically selected for the event to recognize the kind actions of the Chief Abbot and to also commemorate the successful piloting of the World Health Organization’s Package of essential non-communicable disease interventions in Paro which has now been scaled nationally.
WHO Country office for Bhutan
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- World TB Day 2016
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- Antibiotic awareness week
- Launch of books and Out door Gym
- WHO donates 50,000 USD to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund
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