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We are what we watch

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s (BICMA) initiative to “standardise” and to make the number of television channels uniform throughout the country is appreciable. What is more important, though, is our focus on the contents. Rather the lack of it. Any number of channels anywhere at anytime is by far less significant than the quality of programmes we offer our viewers.

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What aggrieves our health workers?

Human resource is the core of any health care system. Our health workers have been critical in the country’s progress in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the population. Built on a strong foundation of primary healthcare system, Bhutan has been able to meet most of the healthcare goals. National surveys show that more than 90 percent of the population is satisfied with the healthcare services.

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Controlling dog population needs sustained effort

We won international awards for dog population management, not once, but twice. Going by the records, we have stabilised dog population through mass sterilisation programmes. This success story, though, doesn’t give us the real picture of the situation. Why would some towns in the country cry for help otherwise?

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Passing the buck at what cost?

Ambulance service is at the forefront of healthcare services. That we see an average of two referrals every day from district health centres to the referral centres show that our ambulances are always on the move, providing critical service to the people. If we go by the recent figures, the frequency is even higher. With 3,268 patients referred by vehicle ambulance from January until August this year, ambulances transported at least 13 patients every day.

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Certainly, we could do better

When the valley’s luxuriant paddy fields were levelled and concrete jungles began cropping up, a new Thimphu was born. It’s a story from not-so-distant past. Change has been dramatic. What is sad, however, is that we have not been able to catch up with the speed of change.

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Assessing the state of democracy

It is dirty, divisive, and all about money. Two rounds of parliamentary elections and almost a decade into Bhutan’s transition to democracy, we have begun to associate politics and the processes of democracy as dirty, divisive​,​ and about money.

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Make space for farmers

For small farmers, making a little income out of what they grow is difficult. Coming out on the roadsides to sell their produce is not easy, because they cannot just be sitting there with their stuff from the gardens is not so pretty. They can’t even build a temporary shelter.

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Operation drugs

Bhutan’s efforts to crack down on substance abuse and trafficking of controlled substances ​is​ gaining momentum.

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Driven to death

On September 10, the health ministry called on everyone to take a minute and change a life. The call was made to mark world suicide prevention day.

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