The Asian Development Bank (ADB) handed over 85 audio-visual (AV) television sets to the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday to help disseminate health information in the peripheral health facilities (BHU) and district hospitals in the country.
A hundred vaccine carrier boxes were also provided to the Royal Centre of Disease Control (RCDC) to enhance the efficiency of sample transportation from hospitals to the Centre for surveillance during the outbreak of diseases.
The equipment would be distributed to 85 BHU-II in eight dzongkhags including Dagana, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Trashigang, and Zhemgang.
“With the vaccine carrier boxes, samples collected from district hospitals would be transshipped safe with optimum temperature,” said an official with the ministry.
A press release from the ministry said that the television sets would be provided specifically to the Maternal Child Health (MCH) units to screen information and provide communication and education materials.
Health Minister Dechen Wangmo highlighted the support as a movement towards focusing on preventive rather than curative health services.
Lyonpo said that the audiovisual television would help disseminate public health messages effectively and encourage mothers to feed their children correctly.
This was one of the components of ADB-funded (USD 20 million grant) project for health sector development programme.
The project spanning over five years is expected to foster equitable access to health facilities and improve health information system besides enhancing the efficiency of service delivery in the peripheral health facilities.
Project Manager with the health ministry, Sangay Tenzin, said that half of the total grant would be invested in the Bhutan Health Trust Fund to ensure sustainability of free basic health services.
USD 4 million will be pumped in developing health information system in the form of Electronic Patient Information System (EPIS).
With the EPIS in place, Sangay Tenzin said that the health information of a patient even at remote health facility could be traced from the referral hospital.
USD 6 million is set aside for the procurement of medical equipment to distribute in peripheral BHUs and district hospitals.
Under the project, four Satellites clinics would be constructed in Thimphu and one in Phuntsholing.
Initiated last year, the project will end in August 2023.