KGUMSB brings the entire health researcher together
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.