The mass simulation drill conducted
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.