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  The Bhutan palliative team is currently attending a two-week intensive care programme in Thailand, where the team is learning about caring for end of the life patients and terminally ill patients. On their return,  the team is expected to create the country’s first sustainable palliative care network in Bhutan.  …

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Make way for the young happiness ambassadors

The first group of young happiness ambassadors from Malaysia

To include young people in the GNH movement, the eighth international conference on Gross National Happiness, which opened yesterday in Malaysia, saw the formation of young happiness ambassadors. Nineteen young happiness ambassadors from Malaysia joined some 150 delegates from 12 countries at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam, …

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Bhutan very strong in preventing polio virus: Health ministry

Bhutan’s percentage coverage of children immunised against polio is high enough to prevent imported (transborder) wild poliovirus to circulate and to prevent the emergence of vaccine-derived poliovirus in the country. This is according to Bhutan’s annual polio-free progress report 2018. According to the report, Bhutan has achieved 97 percent of …

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JAB president reappointment sparks controversy

The recent decision taken by the board members of Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (JAB) to reappoint the incumbent president for a second term has not gone well with some of the members. Board members, three of them, one each from print, television, and radio, had taken the decision to extend …

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Tsirang approves 18 PSL projects of 114 applications

Without an ice maker Nima Khandu is unable to market his broiler chicken

Tsirang has approved 18 Priority Sector Lending (PSL) projects in the last seven months. Tsirang dzongkhag agriculture officer, Dorji Gyeltshen, who is the member secretary of the dzongkhag PSL committee, said the pace of receiving the application for PSL loan has relatively slowed down compared to the initial months. He …

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Bhutan observes World Antibiotics Awareness week

Combating antimicrobial resistance should not be difficult in Bhutan as the use of antibiotics is mainly restricted to government hospitals and veterinary centers.   While the antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally over time and through genetic changes, misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is accelerating this process, according to a press release …

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Health experts discuss efficient drug information

Lack of efficient approach to providing drug information to patients was one of the many subjects discussed during the fourth annual health conference in Thimphu last week. Head of the Sorig Menjong Pharmaceuticals, Sherab Tenzin, said that drug information was essential to ensure patient safety, especially in an era when …

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25 trainees awarded diploma in hospitality management

More than 100 Bhutanese were trained under BMMHP

Four out of five employees working in hospitality industry say they are satisfied with their profession and want to pursue further trainings in hospital management according to an electronic survey. The survey included 24 trainees of Bhutan Middle Management Hotel Program (BMMHP) who completed their courses in August this year …

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No fare revision for buses and taxis until March next year

Taxis at the City Bus parking area in Thimphu

Although the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) notified the revised fare of public transport buses and taxis from October 1, many complain that the taxi drivers are not following the rates. RSTA revised Nu 2 for taxis, Nu 20 from Nu 18 a km, and Nu 0.08 to Nu …

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Truck accident along Haa-Samtse highway injures two

A 42-year-old truck driver and a 31-year-old passenger were injured when the truck went off the road along the Haa-Samtse highway on November 11. The truck, loaded with cement went off 25-30mts below the road in Khamina, which is 6kms away from Haa town towards Jyenkana. The owner of the …

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Copyright-based industries contributed to 5.5 percent of GDP

Copyright-based industries contributed to 5.5 percent of GDP and 10.1 percent of total employment according to the department of intellectual property’s annual magazine 2018. This was based on the only study published in 2011 on copyright-based industries (CBIs) in the country. The study stated that CBIs employed more than 25,000 …

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