The mass sim­u­la­tion drill con­ducted

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To make aware­ness among hospi­tal staff and to test to its con­tin­gency plan for emer­gen­cies and dis­as­ters for its proper func­tion­ing, a mass sim­u­la­tion drill sce­nario based on earth­quake was con­ducted at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal (JDWNRH) last Thurs­day.

It was first drill which in­volved whole staff of the hospi­tal. The main aims and ob­jec­tives for con­duct­ing the drills are to test its con­tin­gency plan for emer­gen­cies and dis­as­ter for its proper func­tion­ing and also to stim­u­late and to cre­ate aware­ness amongst hos- pital staff.

The Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment of Act of Bhutan 2013 and Na­tional Health Pol­icy 2011 man­date ev­ery health fa­cil­ity to de­velop plans and re­sponse sys­tems to pro­vide med­i­cal ser­vices dur­ing emer­gen­cies and dis­as­ters.

The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal (JDWNRH) serves as the na­tional level re­fer­ral hospi­tal, re­gional re­fer­ral hospi­tal for west­ern dzongkhags and clin­i­cal train­ing cen­tre for the Kh­e­sar Gyalpo Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Science of Bhutan. There­fore, it is very im­por­tant that JDWNRH needs to pre­pared to re­spond in any emer­gency or disas- ter at any times to come.

Mean­while, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal has de­vel­oped its con­tin­gency plan for Emer­gen­cies and Dis­as­ters with the fi­nan­cial sup­port from World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) Bhutan Of­fice un­der its health sec­tor emer­gency pre­pared­ness pro­ject (2016-2018, with fund­ing sup­port from the dis­as­ter prepar-

ed­ness ECHO pro­gram (DiPECHO).

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from the JDWNRH, the hospi­tal has worked hard through the sev­eral pro­cesses in­volved like con­duct­ing sen­si­ti­za­tion pro­gramme on dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment, de­vel­op­ing depart­ment wise plan for the 18 dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and hold­ing dis­cus­sions and brief­ing at dif­fer­ent lev­els in the hospi­tal.

Direc­tor for JDWNRH Tsh­er­ing Yang­den said that, “They have planned the mass drill from 2012, but this was the first time in­volv­ing whole hospi­tal staffs and it will be an an­nual event and part of exer- cise.”

The drill was done at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal with plotsce­nario of an earth­quake which hap­pened on Mon­day at 1:15pm in Sikkim; the bor­der area of Bhutan with 7.6 mag­ni­tudes. This af­fected the hospi­tal area, with some crakes on the wall and col­lapse of an old build­ing.

Dur­ing the drill, the vic­tims were evac­u­ated in safe place and di­vided into color code that is, black for dead, and red for se­ri­ous in­jury or life threat­en­ing, green for mi­nor in­jury and yel­low for mild, those could walk on their own. Those color codes are given for vic­tims so, that health worker could eas­ily iden­tify the se­ri­ous one first. The vic­tims in a drill are played by the stu­dent of Fac­ulty of Nurs­ing and Pub­lic Health (FoNPH).

Mean­while, the min­is­ter for health, sec­re­tary and se­nior of­fi­cials from min­istry of health along with me­dias has joined the hospi­tal to ob­serve the drill.

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