JICA to help Bhutan on sec­ond phase of re­place­ment of am­bu­lances

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With the in­creas­ing needs of am­bu­lance, the royal govern­ment had kept top pri­or­i­tize for the sec­ond phase of am­bu­lance al­though Bhutan had re­ceived 26 am­bu­lances so far.

The prepara­tory sur­vey re­port will be pre­sented to the Cab­i­net of Ja­panese govern­ment and if the Cab­i­net ap­proves the sur­vey re­port, Bhutan will be re­ceiv­ing 30 more am­bu­lance in the month of Oc­to­ber this year.

Direc­tor Gen­eral, Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr. Ugen Do­phu said govern­ment of Ja­pan had sup­ported Bhutan in the health min­istry in ar­eas of im­mu­niza­tion, vac­cine, cold change and other lo­gis­tic sup­port. The sup­port to depart­ment of pub­lic heath in­cludes the re­pro­duc­tive health pro­gram, ma­ter­nal and child health and other sup­ports have been given by govern­ment of Ja­pan in the past.

In the year 2006, the pre­vi­ous prime min­is­ter has re­quested govern­ment of Ja­pan for am­bu­lance and we re­ceived 26 num­bers and we are us­ing it. It is also serv­ing the pa­tient of Bhutan very well and it is dis­trib­uted all across the coun­try, said Dr. Ugyen Do­phu.

He fur­ther said, the sec­ond phase of re­place­ment of am­bu­lance which the depart­ment of med­i­cal ser­vice has re­quested the JICA of­fice and they are kind enough to send high level team or in­ves­ti­ga­tors and now have reached to cer­tain, is not the fi­nal but we have agreed on cer­tain things and come to cer­tain min­utes. To­day we would like to sign the min­utes of the meet­ing.

“My prayer is only I hope things will go ac­cord­ing to the min­utes of the meet­ing”, said the Direc­tor- Gen­eral.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from JICA Mr. Hide­taka Sak­abe said, “As the moun­tain­ous coun­try, the need for am­bu­lance is very im­por­tant”.

Mean­while, a four mem­ber del­e­gates led by Ms. Aya Kagota, who is the Of­fi­cer In­charge, HRD Depart­ment, JICA, head quar­ter for the project on am­bu­lance re­place­ment phase 2 from Ja­pan for pre­lim­i­nary sur­vey of the project signed the min­utes of meet­ing on the prepara­tory sur­vey be­tween JICA, MoH and GNHC, which was rep­re­sents by Mr. Hide­taka Sak­abe from JICA, Dr. Ugen Do­phu, Direc­tor-Gen­eral, Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Ser­vices, and Mr. Rinchen Wangdi, pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor from GNHC.

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