Move for health in Trongsa

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Asum of Nu. 4, 62,000 were raised in Trongsa Dzongkhag dur­ing move for health walk on 11th Oc­to­ber. The fund will be use for buy­ing es­sen­tial drugs and vac­cines.

The Dzongda led team from Pun­zhi Re­sort till Thru­pang cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 5 kilo­me­ters. More than 50 par­tic­i­pant in­clud­ing RBP, sec­tor heads, re­gional heads, teach­ers, health work­ers, desups, busi­ness man and stu­dents vis­it­ing shop to shop ad­vo­cat­ing on NCDs and health trust fund.

The team also raised fund for Health Trust Fund by per­form­ing dance to the pub­lic at Thruepang park­ing which is end­ing point of the walk. In the mid­dle, health pro­fes­sional gave speeches to the pub­lic on sig­nif­i­cant of the day and im­por­tance of Health Trust Fund to pro­vide free health care ser­vices to the pa­tients.

Mr. Gunja Raj Gu­rung, Dzongkhag Health Of­fi­cer said, “Ev­ery cit­i­zens of Bhutan should take full re­spon­si­bil­ity and own­er­ship of Health Trust Fund to sus­tain free health care ser­vices,” “Be­cause of most of the donor coun­tries re­sign­ing, now it has be­come more re­spon­si­ble for our cit­i­zens.”

His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck granted the Royal Char­ter to es­tab­lish the Bhutan Heath Trust Fund) BHTF in the year 2000 to at­tain sus­tain­abil­ity in the pri­mary health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem, thus pro­vid­ing free ba­sic health care ser­vices to the peo­ple.

In line with the BHTF Char­ter, 2000, Move for Health was ini­tially started by former health min­is­ter in 2002 cre­at­ing aware­ness and walk­ing from Trashigang to Thim­phu cov­er­ing 560 kilo­me­ter over a pe­riod of 151/2 days rais­ing USD 2 mil­lion for BHTF. Later it was re­vived by health min­is­ter Tandin Wangchuk walk­ing from Wangdipho­drang to Thim­phu with the aim of rais­ing fund for BHTF in the same time pro­mot­ing life­style. It was later ap­proved and an­nounced as very im­por­tant an­nual event. Health work­ers in co­or­di­na­tion with the in­ter­ested of­fi­cials from var­i­ous agen­cies and pub­lic demon­strate on the im­por­tance of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to com­bat NCDs.

The Trongsa Dzongkhag of­fi­cial said, the ac­count is still open for some other in­ter­ested donors. More than 60% of the peo­ple un­der the Dzongkhag were in­formed and ed­u­cated on the NCDs and im­por­tance of Health Trust Fund.

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