For­mer Health Min­is­ter hon­ored

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WHO South-East Asia Re­gion has con­ferred the Ex­cel­lence in Public Health awards to Ly­onpo San­gay Ngedup , for­mer health min­is­ter for tak­ing path-break­ing in­ter­ven­tions that helped im­prove the health and well-be­ing of peo­ple in Bhutan. The awards was pre­sented by the Re­gional Di­rec­tor for WHO South – East Asia Dr. Poonam Khetra­pal Singh at the side lines of the sixty-eighth ses­sion of the Re­gional Com­mit­tee meet­ing held from 7-11 Septem­ber , 2015 at Dilli , Tim­nor – Leste.

Ly­onpo San­gay Ngedup, has been rec­og­nized for set­ting up the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, as the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices, to fund vac­cines and es­sen­tial drugs.

“The award is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion and ac­knowl­edge­ment of their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to health care ser­vices,” Dr Poonam Khetra­pal Singh, said while pre­sent­ing the award. The award com­prises of a ci­ta­tion and a plaque.

“In recog­ni­tion of his vi­sion and his tire­less pur­suit to en­sure the good heath of his peo­ple, the WHO deems it an honor to ac­knowl­edge, with deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion, the out­stand­ing con­tri­tion of H.E. Ly­onpo San­gay Ngedup to sus­tain­able health care in the King­dom of Bhutan “reads the ci­ta­tion awarded to Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo Sangey Ngedup, who be­came the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Health Ser­vices in 1992 and the Min­is­ter for Health and Ed­u­ca­tion in 1998, brought un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment in the health sec­tor, both quantitatively and qual­i­ta­tively. His most im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion was the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF), set up to en­sure con­tin­ued fund­ing of two crit­i­cal com­po­nents of health ser­vices – vac­cines and es­sen­tial drugs. To raise sup­port and funds for BHTF, Ly­onpo San­gay Ngedup trav­elled 560 kms on foot from Trashigang to Thim­phu and also vis­ited sev­eral other coun­tries to meet po­ten­tial donors and fun­ders. To­day, health con­tri­bu­tions de­ducted from the salary of all em­ploy­ees in Bhutan are chan­neled through BHTF, mak­ing it large enough and sus­tain­able to guar­an­tee the avail­abil­ity of all vac­cines and es­sen­tial drugs.

Dur­ing award cer­e­mony Ly­onpo, said that the award truly be­longs to His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan for his self­less farsighted lead­er­ship and guid­ance and also to all the health work­ers of Bhutan who have worked tire­lessly. I am ac­cept­ing the award on their be­half.

He also said I think its mo­ment of pride for Bhutan and all Bhutanese. It is also an in­spi­ra­tion for all our health fam­ily mem­bers to look up to.

The WHO awards were ini­ti­ated last year to rec­og­nize public health pro­fes­sion­als or in­sti­tu­tion/ pro­gramme, whose work had re­sulted in far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions and gains. The first re­cip­i­ents of this award were Ms Saima Hos­sain of Bangladesh for her ef­forts to put autism on the global agenda, and the Ti­mor-Leste Malaria Con­trol Pro­gramme.

Health Pi­o­neer: For­mer Ti­mor Leste pres­i­dent Kay Rala Xanana Gus­mao , WHO SEA’s re­gional di­rec­tor Dr. Poonam Khetra­pal Singh and For­mer Health Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Sangey Ngedup has won the Ex­cel­lence in Public Health Award from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) South-East Asia Re­gion for their break through work in im­prov­ing the health and well-be­ing of their peo­ple at the award func­tion in Ti­mor Leste ( Pic­ture cour­tesy : Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk)

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