Physically challenged friendly footpaths being built in P/ling

Phuentsholing Thromde has now installed disabled friendly tactile paving which will enable easy movement for the physically challenged. Tactile paving (also called Tenji blocks, truncated domes, detectable warnings, tactile ground surface indicators, tactile walking surface indicators, or detectable warning surfaces) is a system of textured ground surface indicator found on footpaths, stairs and train station […]

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Allowance for mother and child healthcare to be given from February

The government will implement accelerating mother and child healthcare-1000 golden day plus allowance by February this year, according to the health minister, Dechen Wangmo. Recently the cabinet approved Nu 1.8bn to accelerate mother and child healthcare allowance for next five years. The program earlier was called maternity allowance and breastfeeding allowance. Now it has been […]

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15 specialists from Bangladesh to arrive by mid-February

Fifteen specialists from Bangladesh are expected to arrive in the country by mid-February this year. This will address the shortage of medical specialists in the country. Health minister Dechen Wangmo told Business Bhutan that with the current health facility and services there is a shortage of around 60% specialists in the country. However, with the […]

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Integrated health screening for elderly citizens on the cards

Now, elderly people who visit the nearest health centers can undergo holistic medical screening. The service enables the health workers to identify various medical complications through different procedures without having the patients to travel long distances unnecessarily. Until now, most of the health staffs particularly in the remote areas have been treating the particular complaints […]

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Bhutan Red Cross Society admitted to IFRC

The Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS) has been formally admitted into the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the 22nd session of the IFRC General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. The two member delegation led by the BRCS Secretary-General, Dragyel Tenzin Dorjee, and supported by officials from the Permanent Mission […]

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Govt. approves Nu 1.3bn for Health Flagship Program

After numerous deliberations, the government has finalized Health Flagship Program with an approved budget Nu 1.3bn at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday. The Health Flagship program focuses on the prevention, early screening and treatment of the three cancers – cervical, breast and stomach. The government also aims to take all basic diagnostic services to the […]

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Laya sees change in toilet habits after the first Royal Highland Festival

Sanitation was a major issue for Layaps and tourists visiting Laya four years back. Now major changes can be seen in the sanitation habits of the highlanders. Now Layaps have shifted to flush toilets and SATO pan from pit toilet. Laya is located 3,800m above sea level. Laya has a population of more than 1,000 […]

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90 dogs in Gidakom sterilized and vaccinated

With increasing complaints on the stray dog menace and growing public health risk owing to the same, the Department of Livestock (DoL) conducted a vaccination and sterilization program at Gidakom and Bjemina in Thimphu to stabilize the dog population. About 90 dogs (stray and pets) were sterilized and vaccinated in these two areas whereas a […]

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