Health Min­is­ter vis­its cen­tral and east­ern Dzongkhags

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The Health Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk and a team from the min­istry vis­ited cen­tral and east­ern Dzongkhags from 13th Oc­to­ber to 26th Oc­to­ber, 2014. The main ob­jec­tive of the tour was to con­duct high level ad­vo­cacy on com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, with an em­pha­sis on im­prov­ing ex­clu­sive breast feed­ing for six months fol­lowed by sup­ple­men­tary breast feed­ing for the first 2 years.

As a part of the pro­gramme, On 19th Oc­to­ber, 2014, the min­is­ter graced the day light­ing cer­e­mony of Mangdechhu Hy­dro­elec­tric project and con­grat­u­lated and ex­pressed deep grat­i­tude to the project fam­ily and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers- both from Bhutan and In­dia- for their hard work and tremen­dous achieve­ment.

In the fol­low­ing days, the min­is­ter met with the re­spec­tive dzongkhag of­fi­cials and high­lighted on the present gov­ern­ments work and pledges. H. E. in­formed the of­fi­cials on the im­por­tance of the civil ser­vice to be apo­lit­i­cal. He urged the civil ser­vice to work with ut­most ded­i­ca­tion to the King, Coun­try and Peo­ple. He em­pha­sized on the need for the civil ser­vice to support the gov­ern­ment in work­ing to­wards the na­tion’s de­vel­op­men­tal goals once the elec­tions are over and its dusts have set­tled, ir­re­spec­tive of which po­lit­i­cal party is in charge of it. He men­tioned that Bhutan be­ing a Bud­dhist coun­try will al­ways pre­vail as any po­lit­i­cal party would rule with com­pas­sion by keep­ing in mind the best pri­or­i­ties of the peo­ple, like par­ents care for their chil­dren.

Ly­onpo also met with the health work­ers and em­pha­sized on the im­por­tance of en­hanc- ing pre­ven­tive and pro­mo­tive health ser­vices among the com­mu­ni­ties. Ly­onpo also in­formed the civil ser­vants and gen­eral pub­lic on the aims and ob­jec­tives of Bhutan Health Trust Fund and its im­por­tance. He in­formed the of­fi­cials that the gov­ern­ment is aim­ing to­wards fi­nan­cial self re­liance in es­sen­tial drugs and vac­cines. Since the Move for Health walk was con­ceived in 2002, long be­fore the first elec­tions in 2008, he in­formed the of­fi­cials that walk has what­so­ever no in­ten­tions to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage. And that the sole in­ten­tions of the walk were to pro- mote healthy liv­ing and to strengthen the fi­nan­cial base of the Bhutan Health Trust Fund.

One of the ma­jor ob­jec­tives of the visit was also to meet and in­ter­act with the health staff who works ev­ery day on the front­lines of health­care de­liv­ery in the coun­try. Ly­onpo dis­cussed with them their con­cerns and sen­ti­ments. The del­e­ga­tion took note of the im­por­tant and rel­e­vant ones, and pledged that the min­istry would work to­wards re­solv­ing them. He thanked them for their re­lent­less ef­forts in tak­ing health ser­vices to ev­ery nook and cor­ner of the coun­try.

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