KGUMSB brings the en­tire health re­searcher to­gether

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The Kh­e­sar Gyalpo Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) launched Bhutan Health Jour­nal in the 2nd In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Med­i­cal and Health Sciences on 4 to 6 Novem­ber in Thim­phu.

The in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence themed “Cel­e­brat­ing Mother and child Health” was as part of na­tion­wide joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion and com­mem­o­ra­tion of the birth of His Royal High­ness the Gyalsey, Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck.

The health and well­be­ing of moth­ers and chil­dren is im­por­tant in the cur­rent health sta­tus of in­di­vid­u­als. Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk, Min­istry of Health said, their sta­tus of well­be­ing in­di­cates the health of the next gen­er­a­tion, fu­ture pub­lic health chal­lenges and or­ga­ni­za­tion of health care de­liv­ery sys­tem.

Glob­ally, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in ma­ter­nal and child mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity, Ly­onpo said, be­cause of ef­forts to im­prove women and chil­dren’s health.

Bhutan achieved the Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals (MDG) on re­duc­ing child mor­tal­ity and im­prov­ing ma­ter­nal health.

The rate has been re­duced to 37.3 per 1,000 live births Un­der- Five Mor­tal­ity while, In­fant mor­tal­ity rate to 30 per 1,000 live births and Pro­por­tion of Chil­dren cov­ered un­der Im­mu­niza­tion Pro­gram to 95.1 per­cent, Ma­ter­nal Mor­tal­ity.

Be­sides, the ra­tio to 86 per 100,000 live births and births at­tended by skilled health per­son­nel to 74.6 per­cent has been re­duced.

De­spite these achieve­ments much more re­mains to be done to fur­ther re­duce mor­bid­ity of mother and child as­so­ci­ated, he said, the is­sues of ado­les­cent health, preg­nancy, child­birth, in­fec­tions, res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases, mal­nu­tri­tion among oth­ers.

Bhutan is com­mit­ted in tak­ing for­ward the SDGs through the cur­rent five year plan as well as the next five year plan cy­cle. “The work of health sec­tor does not end with the MDGs,” Ly­onpo said. “We must strive hard in re­al­iz­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals,” he added.

The health­care ser­vices in Bhutan are freely pro­vided. “It is even more im­por­tant that the ser­vices that are pro­vided are ap­pro­pri­ate, ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient and eq­ui­table,” Ly­onpo said, adding to be able to sus­tain the health sys­tem and achieve Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness.

The in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence is to share pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ences, build net­works and up­date on de­vel­op­ments in the field of medicine, nurs­ing and al­lied health sciences.

The con­fer­ence also ex­pects to go a long way in pro­mot­ing ev­i­dence­based de­ci­sion-mak­ing and ev­i­dence-based prac­tice to pro­mote qual­ity care. “The Min­istry of Health proudly sup­ports such an ini­tia­tive,” Ly­onpo said.

The three-day con­fer­ence saw more than 300 in­ter­na­tional and na­tional par­tic­i­pants and it will be con­cluded to­day. It was or­ga­nized by Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter for Re­search, in­no­va­tion and train­ing, KGUMSB.

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