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Bangladesh to donate medicines worth Nu 168mn to Bhutan

As committed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her visit to Bhutan last year, Dhaka will be donating Nu 168mn worth of medicines to Bhutan.

To mark or symbolize the handing over of 258 essential medicines to Bhutan, the Health Minister of Bangladesh, Mohammed Nasim, handed over some medicines to the Ambassador Sonam T. Rabgye in Bangladesh Monday.

Talking to Business Bhutan, the Director General of Department of Medical Services, Dr. Pandup Tshering said the medicines donated by the Bangladesh government will help to cut down costs for the procurement of essential medicines for the fiscal year 2018-2019.

He added that the health ministry has been able to maintain the availability of essential drugs to above 95%. “The latest is that health ministry has been able to maintain 99% availability of essential medicines across the health facilities,” he said.

Essential medicines, meanwhile, are those that satisfy the priority heath care needs of the population.

It was in 2015 when the Health Trust Fund took over the financing of all essential drugs and vaccines in the country. The data maintained with the health ministry states that, as of 2016, there are 429 modern medicines and 114 traditional medicines.

According to the press release from the Bhutan Embassy in Dhaka, Bhutan requested for the supply of essential medicines for one year during the state visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister to Bhutan.

It is also stated that the consignment of medicines will be delivered in three phases, September, October and November this year, to the health ministry.

Dr. Pandup Tshering said apart from medicines, the other areas of cooperation with Bangladesh are in health human resource training. “Many of our doctors and other health professionals get training in Bangladesh,” he said.

“Bangladesh and Bhutan share a special bond of friendship and understanding which rests in history and political leadership since Bhutan became the first country to recognize Bangladesh’s independence on December 6, 1971,” states the press release.

Lucky Wangmo from Thimphu