JICA to help Bhutan on second phase of replacement of ambulances
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.