Bhutanese trained as aerobic trainers to promote physical activity

Twenty four Bhutanese comprising school teachers, youths, fitness instructors, health professionals, monks, and students successfully completed Training of Trainers course on Aerobics. The closing ceremony of the training which was held in the heart of Bhutan’s capital city on 2 August comprised flawless and entertaining aerobics demonstrations by the trained participants. The training which was held from 15 July-2 August 2017 was organized by the Ministry of Health and facilitated by a professional trainer in aerobics supported by the World Health Organization.

Bhutan Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2017

World Breastfeeding week is observed every year from 1-7 August to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. This year’s theme, “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together,” calls on all to support breastfeeding- the best source of nutrients for infants. Throughout the week, the Ministry of Health will be promoting good breastfeeding practices on national television, in print media and through activities in eight Dzongkhags.

Dengue Outbreak

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection sometimes causing potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. The viruses are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective Aedes mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person.

As of 24 July 2017 the outbreak of Dengue virus in the four Dzongkhags of Chukha (Phuentsholing), Samtse, Sarpang (Gelephu) and Samdrupjongkhar has affected around 150 people. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with local authorities and WHO are monitoring the situation closely to address the situation, ensuring that the outbreak is contained and that there are no fatalities.

Health Secretary Highlights Steps to Ending Tuberculosis and Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation

From 10-14 July 2017, the Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Bhutan, Dasho Dr Ugyen Dophu, chaired two important meetings for future work in the field of health in the South-East Asia Region that were held in New Delhi, India: the High-Level Preparatory Meeting (HLP) for the WHO Regional Committee from 10–13 July 2017, followed by the Subcommittee on Policy and Programme Development and Management (SPPDM) on 14 July 2017. The Bhutanese delegation tabled climate change adaptation, steps towards ending tuberculosis and various other issues.

WHO Representative to Bhutan a.i.

Dr Rui Paulo de Jesus

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