Health Minister visits central and eastern Dzongkhags
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.