The first ever National Workshop on Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Registration is undergoing from 24th -25th August 2017 at Paro. The workshop is being jointly organized by Emergency Medical Services Division under Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and the WHO country Office of Bhutan under the funding support of DIPECHO Project.
The workshop is being facilitated by Dr Nilesh Buddha, Technical Officer from Dept. of Health Security and Emergency Response, WHO SEARO, New Delhi. More than 27 participants from His Majesty’s Secretariat, Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bhutan Police, Medical University (KGUMSB), the regional referral hospitals of JDWNRH, Gelephu CRRH & Mongar ERRH, Department of Disaster Management, UNFPA, WFP, WHO Country Office and other relevant agencies are taking part in this workshop.
The Emergency Medical Team (EMT) refers to groups of health professionals providing direct clinical care to populations affected by disasters or outbreaks and emergencies as surge capacity to support the local health system of the affected countries. The team should comply with the classification and minimum standards set by WHO and its partners, and come trained and self-sufficient so as not to burden the national system. It will enable the country to improve their own national capacity, which they are then able to use to assist other countries in emergencies.
Bhutan has officially applied for the registration for the EMT with the WHO. Bhutan needs to undergo several rounds of registration procedures for the verification and classification as per the WHO EMT minimum standard. Bhutan will become 3rd country among 11 member states in WHO South East Asia Region to have an international standard EMT if Bhutan is able to successfully register for EMT. Thailand (2) and Indonesia(4) are only 2 other countries in the region to have registered EMTs with WHO at the moment.”