Health sec­tor bud­get in­creased by Nu 500mn

The ad­di­tional bud­get is a con­tri­bu­tion to Bhutan Health Trust Fund

Business Bhutan - - Business - Lucky Wangmo from Thim­phu

The health sec­tor has been al­lo­cated Nu 5bn dur­ing the fi­nan­cial year (FY) 2017-18 com­pared to Nu 4.5bn of the pre­vi­ous years.

Health sec­tor al­lo­ca­tion con­sti­tutes 8% of the to­tal bud­get an­nu­ally.

How­ever, un­like the past, Nu 500mn has been added as a con­tri­bu­tion to Bhutan Health Trust Fund to achieve its tar­get of Nu 3bn to­wards the re­al­iza­tion His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s vi­sion of a self-re­liant Bhutan in terms of es­sen­tial drugs and vac­cines.

One of the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties in the health sec­tor is the on­go­ing con­struc­tion of a 20-bed­ded hos­pi­tal in Haa, a 120-bed­ded hos­pi­tal in Gele­phu, a 40-bed­ded hos­pi­tal in De­wathang and the 150-bed­ded Gyalt­suen Jet­suen Pema Mother and Child Hos­pi­tal in Thim­phu for which a to­tal amount of Nu 1.1bn is al­lo­cated.

The bud­get for the on­go­ing con­struc­tions has in­creased by Nu 709mn when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. The al­lo­ca­tion is also for the 40-bed­ded hos­pi­tal in Tsir­ang.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bud­get Re­port 2017-18, the health sec­tor aims to de­liver health care ser­vices by im­prov­ing ac­cess to eq­ui­table and qual­ity health care ser­vices, strength­en­ing di­ag­nos­tic ca­pac­ity and re­duc­ing mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity due to com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases. Other aims of the health sec­tor in­clude strength­en­ing tra­di­tional medicine ser­vices and con­sol­i­da­tion and ex­pan­sion of health in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices among oth­ers.

For the FY 2016-17, Nu 161mn was al­lo­cated to com­bat com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in the coun­try while this year the bud­get for it de­creased to Nu 104mn.

The gov­ern­ment has also al­lo­cated Nu 687mn to pur­chase es­sen­tial drugs, non-drugs, reagents, equip­ment, and Nu 16.5mn for the pur­chase of three am­bu­lances.

For pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment in the health sec­tor, the gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated a bud­get of Nu 172mn, a de­crease of Nu 138mn from the pre­vi­ous year, while Nu 14.2 mil­lion is pro­vided to pro­mote tra­di­tional medicines as an al­ter­na­tive health care to the peo­ple.

Also, Nu 358mn of the health sec­tor al­lo­ca­tion of Nu 1.2bn for dzongkhags and gewogs has been set apart to pro­vide safe and clean drink­ing wa­ter through con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of ru­ral wa­ter sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion, and wa­ter source pro­tec­tion.

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