DNT pres­i­dent prom­ises health­care as top pri­or­ity in the east

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Trashigang

Health is Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa’s (DNT) top pri­or­ity among oth­ers for the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the DNT pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing dur­ing his cam­paign at Kan­glung and Rangjung in Trashigang ear­lier this week.

Dur­ing his cam­paign in Trashigang, the pres­i­dent said health is the rea­son why he joined pol­i­tics.

The pres­i­dent said that DNT was con­cerned about in­equities in health­care across the coun­try and the party prom­ises equal ac­cess to qual­ity spe­cial­ist ser­vices for all the peo­ple.

He said that the party pledges to up­grade district hos­pi­tals with spe­cial­ist ser­vices and up­grade med­i­cal care in BHUs and make spe­cial­ist ser­vices avail­able in the gewogs. “We would en­sure ac­cess to spe­cial­ist ser­vices like en­doscopy, ul­tra­sound and blood test at ge­wog lev­els.”

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing promised that his party would nar­row the gap be­tween the rich and poor. “The main por­tal to the gap is health care ser­vice in the coun­try among oth­ers. Strength­en­ing health care ser­vice at the ge­wog level, mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble to the ru­ral peo­ple with­out hav­ing to travel far and in­cur­ring ex­pen­di­ture is one of the vi­sions of DNT.”

The party pres­i­dent said that more than 60% of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion avail the ser­vices from BHUs. “Up­grad­ing and strength­en­ing spe­cial­ist ser­vices in BHUs will ben­e­fit the peo­ple at large.”

The pres­i­dent said that if DNT is elected, the party would ex­tend the six-month ma­ter­nity leave for women in pri­vate sec­tors and cor­po­ra­tions like the ma­ter­nity leave for the women in civil ser­vice which the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated.

He also pledged to ex­tend sim­i­lar ser­vices to women in ru­ral ar­eas by in­tro­duc­ing al­lowance that would match daily wage rate for women in ru­ral ar­eas dur­ing child birth un­til the baby is six months old. “In­tro­duc­ing and ex­tend­ing such ser­vices will fur­ther nar­row the gap be­tween the chil­dren of civil ser­vants and those of ru­ral women.”

He said that if this op­por­tu­nity is not pro­vided, af­ter 10 to 15 years, chil­dren of civil ser­vants will be much health­ier and brighter than those of ru­ral women.

The sec­ond pri­or­ity that DNT pledged if elected was to re­view the class X cut-off point to en­able fi­nan­cially chal­lenged stu­dents to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion. The pres­i­dent also pledged to re­view cen­tral schools to make it bet­ter.

Mean­while, apart from promis­ing bet­ter health and ed­u­ca­tion, the pres­i­dent said DNT will es­tab­lish a ded­i­cated agency to man­age wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion if elected.

He said that since wa­ter is im­por­tant for agri­cul­ture, the party would ex­plore con­ver­sion of wet land and dry land, where ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter is un­avail­able and work to­wards pro­tect­ing water­sheds and sources to sus­tain wa­ter sup­ply.

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said if DNT formed the gov­ern­ment, apart from es­tab­lish­ing of­fices in 47 con­stituen­cies for the elected assem­bly rep­re­sen­ta­tives, DNT would also es­tab­lish tshogpa of­fice in chi­wogs to as­sist peo­ple avail­ing pub­lic ser­vices.

Choki, 62 from Kan­glung said this pledge would ben­e­fit the peo­ple es­pe­cially the ru­ral peo­ple. “If such ser­vices are es­tab­lished it will make it eas­ier for the ru­ral peo­ple to avail ser­vices as well as re­solve their is­sues.”

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from the pub­lic on em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, the pres­i­dent said if DNT formed the gov­ern­ment they would es­tab­lish an em­ploy­ment and liveli­hood cor­po­ra­tion to ad­dress the coun­try’s un­em­ploy­ment is­sue.

Ad­di­tion­ally, pres­i­dent also pledged to sup­port pri­vate sec­tor and to make agri­cul­ture at­trac­tive for liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment.

Mean­while, the party has cam­paigned in nine dzongkhags, 14 con­stituen­cies and more than 17 gath­er­ings so far.

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