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Earthquake simulation to test the contingency plan

Save the Children funded the event

To test Thimphu Thromde’s contingency plan and readiness of the stakeholders concerned in the event of disasters, an earthquake simulation exercise was conducted on November 10 in Thimphu Thromde. The activity was carried out in seven identified locations in Babesa and Norzin areas. One of the thromde representatives, Kuenga Yonten, …

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Nu 100,000 reward for information on bitumen theft

Royal Bhutan Police will pay Nu 100,000 as a reward for information leading to detection and arrest of suspects involved in the theft of 108 barrels (two truckloads) of bitumen from Bjeepam in Trongsa. The incident occurred on the night of October 4. A project manager with Druk Lhayul Construction …

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Mongar town residents wait for commissioning of water treatment plants

Water treatment plant at Kadam, Mongar

Mongar town residents, who suffer water shortage, are waiting for the commissioning of the two water treatment plants in the dzongkhag to operate. The water treatment plants, one in Wengkhar village and another in Changshingpek, have the capacity to store 165,000 litres of water. The dzongkhag, through the national adaptation …

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Conjoined twins successfully separated

Nima and Dawa Palden, 15-month-old conjoined twins from Bhutan, was successfully separated at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne in Australia yesterday. According to foreign media reports, the surgery which started around 8:30am (AEDT) was carried out by four surgeons and a team of about 18 people. The surgery …

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Picture story

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, Cabinet ministers, and senior government officials see off His Holiness Je Khenpo at the Paro International airport yesterday. His Holiness is on a two-week visit to India for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Bhutanese temple and to conduct a week-long Moenlam Chhenmo (great prayer ceremony) at Rajgir in Bihar.

 Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, Cabinet ministers, and senior government officials see off His Holiness Je Khenpo at the Paro International airport yesterday. His Holiness is on a two-week visit to India for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Bhutanese temple and to conduct a week-long Moenlam Chhenmo (great prayer ceremony) …

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Challenges involving informed consent in bio-medical research

What is an informed consent and how do doctors and researchers communicate with the patients and subjects? This was one of questions from the participants at the fourth International Conference on Medical and Health Sciences’ preconference session on ethical dilemma in health research in low-income countries. Head of obstetrics and …

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Medical errors lack study and awareness

In Bhutan, medical errors and their causes are least studied and understood due to lack of data, inexperienced staff, inadequate skills, influences of traditional beliefs and practices. This issue was discussed at panel discussion at the pre-conference workshop of fourth International Conference on Medical and Health Sciences in Thimphu yesterday. …

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Potholes filled Kanglung BHU road affects patients

The road (less than a kilometer) to the BHU in Kanglung has not seen any major maintenance since 2001

With multiple potholes and steep gradient along the road leading to the basic health unit (BHU) in Kanglung, Trashigang, people visiting the BHU are unhappy. Patients and staff at the BHU said that it was high time the gewog and dzongkhag health sector carried out maintenance along the stretch. The …

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