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E.Coli in our rivers should shake us to action

Water quality tests along the Wanhchhu and Pachhu have found traces of E.Coli, a bacterium that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. Although many of the types are considered generally harmless, some strains can cause bloody diarrhoea, urinary tract infection, severe anaemia, or kidney failure that can lead to death.

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Take nutrition advice to parents

Although Bhutan has done well compared with the countries in the region in terms of childcare and development, the issue of child growth, diet and food security, and care during pregnancy remains a public health challenge.

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When lawmakers break laws

Our parliament members, at least some of them, appear to be in a recalcitrant mood lately. The recent decision of the House Committee members to dissolve the committee on alleged grievances against the National Assembly Speaker and the Secretary General is amateurish and condemnable.

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BEAR leads the way

A three-member Bhutan Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval Team (BEAR) has achieved remarkable feat by saving many lives that would otherwise have been impossible given the long journey to the nearest health facilities and difficult terrain that separate our many villages.

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Lessons from Merak

We have come to a point in our development journey when the challenges we face demand extraordinary resolve to act, not just with level-headed planning, but also with a sense of greater urgency. While the urban centres are facing rapid population growth and housing shortage, houses in the villages are being increasingly abandoned.

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Alternative facts matter

Bhutan’s struggle with rampant use and abuse of controlled substances is a national issue. It is no secret that the ban on tobacco has cultivated a black market that law enforcement agencies are unable to crack. Yet, we appear to be in denial.

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