The health pri­or­i­ties

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Two un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles ( UAV) were tested launched at the JDWRH for the de­liv­ery of the medicines in­clud­ing vac­cines and blood last Mon­day. The quad copters was launched by Mat­ter net a com­pany based in Cal­i­for­nia USA, whose vi­sion is to cre­ate the next par­a­digm for trans­porta­tion by us­ing a net­work of un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles. The drones does not need pilot and work on GPS way points from on land­ing point to the next. It car­ries pack­ages weigh­ing about 2 kgs and cov­ers a dis­tance of 10 km at a time.

The UAV are used for dif­fer­ent pur­poses round the world and are mostly used in mil­i­tary, live­stock mon­i­tor­ing, wild life map­ping, pipe line se­cu­rity, home se­cu­rity and road pa­trol. In In­dia the drones are used for law and order and aerial sur­veil­lance. More­over in Nepal it is used to mon­i­tor rhi­nos, tigers and ele­phants and de­ter poach­ers. In times of dis­as­ter it can be use to col­lect data, ini­ti­ate relief op­er­a­tion and de­liv­ery of es­sen­tial items to the places not reached by road. The road safety officials can use them to mon­i­tor the traf­fic and courier ser­vice for the de­liv­ery of parcels. .

In Bhutan tak­ing into ac­count the lim­ited ac­ces­si­bil­ity of roads and rugged ter­rain, these aerial ve­hi­cles will prove ben­e­fi­cial in the faster de- liv­ery of life sav­ing drugs and vac­cines for a pa­tient lo­cated in a re­mote cor­ner of the coun­try. The ben­e­fits may be many and we must ap­pre­ci­ate the Heath Min­istry’s noble ini­tia­tive.

How­ever it is not eas­ier said the done for a de­vel­op­ing coun­try like ours where 12% of our pop­u­la­tion lives below the poverty line. The pri­or­ity must be to up­lift the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing below the poverty line. The health care is equally im­por­tant to up­lift the liv­ing stan­dard of our peo­ple but ed­u­ca­tion plays a very im­por­tant role too. . With whole­some ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem put in place an in­di­vid­ual can not only per­form bet­ter in the la­bor mar­ket but also helps to im­prove the over­all heath, pro­motes ac­tive cit­i­zen­ship and con­tain vi­o­lence.

More over on the heath sec­tor more needs to be done with re­gard to com­bat­ing the non - com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCD’s) cause by to­bacco use, lack of phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity, the harm­ful use of al­co­hol and un­healthy di­ets. With the rapid ur­ban­iza­tion, un­healthy food habits and seden­tary life style these dis­ease are on the rise in Bhutan. The govern­ment has been spend­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of the bud­get in treat­ing these dis­eases so far.

But for now we must pri­or­i­tize things, which will help us in pro­vid­ing the most ef­fi­cient, re­li­able and sus­tain­able heath sys­tem in our county.

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