Move for health walk

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

T he gov­ern­ment has de­cided to ob­serve 11th Oc­to­ber as Move for Health Walk start­ing the first ob­ser­va­tion last year. The walk kicked off from Bajo town in Wangdipho­drang and ended up in clock tower square in Thimphu. Given the im­por­tance of the walk the Prime Min­is­ter along with his cab­i­net min­is­ters took part in this event.

The move for health walk was first ini­ti­ated by then health min­is­ter Ly­onpo San­gay Ngedup in 2002 who trudged from Trashigang to Thimphu cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 560 kilo­me­ters in 15 1/4days. The walk was not suc­cess­ful in rais­ing aware­ness on health but also rais­ing USD 2 M for Bhutan Health Trust Fund.

Bhutan Trust Fund has sup­ported the pro­cure­ment of vac­cines in­clud­ing the na­tion­wide in­tro­duc­tion of Measles, Rubella vac­cines since its op­er­a­tional­iza­tion in 2003. It is also co-fi­nanc­ing the pro­cure­ment of pe­natava­lent vac­cines with Global Al­liance for Vac­cines and Im­mu­niza­tion ( GAVI) since 2009 and will have to take up the full fi­nal­iz­ing by 2015 as per the GAVI re­quire­ments.

Bhutan Trust Fund was en­vi­sioned by our Fourth Druk Gyalpo His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk and would be very be­fit­ting to start fi­nanc­ing the en­tire Es­sen­tial Drugs dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion of his 60th Birth­day.

This year the move for health walk will be ob- served on 11th of Oc­to­ber 2014 from Kasadrapchu to Thimphu to raise aware­ness on health re­lated is­sues and raise fund for BHTF. The GAVI will be with­draw­ing its support from 2016 and BHTF will have to fi­nance the pur­chase of pen­tava­lent vac­cines for our girls. Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay and the health min­is­ter will be tak­ing part in the walk and more than 2,000 peo­ple are ex­pected join the walk. Dur­ing the walk peo­ple are ex­pected to make vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions for the fund where nec­es­sary re­ceipts will be is­sued. Fur­ther the gov­ern­ment also con­trib­utes all the heath con­tri­bu­tions col­lected from the monthly salaries to sus­tain the fund.

The Bhutan Health Trust Fund was es­tab­lished on 3rd of Au­gust 2000 with a noble vi­sion of sus­tain­abil­ity of pri­mary health­care ser­vices through the pro­vi­sion of con­tin­ued and un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply if core pri­mary health care sup­plies of vac­cines, es­sen­tial drugs, nee­dles, sy­ringes cold chain man­age­ment and other re­lated drugs and equip­ments.

With the heath care sys­tem be­com­ing more ex­pen­sive day by day due to in­crease in the life style dis­eases, it is high time that ev­ery­one should come for­ward and make a hum­ble con­tri­bu­tion for BHTF. So that we can re­al­ize how much it will cost the gov­ern­ment the medicines we get from our health cen­ters free of cost.

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