Move for health in Trongsa
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.