The Ministry of Health received medical equipment and resources worth Nu. 1.8 Million from the Bhutan Foundation. This is a part of Bhutan Foundation’s on-going program to improve emergency medical services in Bhutan in partnership with the Emergency Medical Services Division under the Health Ministry and the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH).
Donated resources include training manuals and equipment such as adult, child, and neonatal manikins that can be used for training of health workers and others in resuscitation, intubation, and birth simulations.These training equipment will be distributed to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Mongar Eastern Regional Referral Hospital, and Gelephu Central Regional Referral Hospital.
The Bhutan Foundation has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and JDWNRH to improve the delivery of emergency medical services in Bhutan. Since 2009, the Bhutan Foundation has been instrumental in training over 290 doctors and nurses in emergency trauma care, 146 taxi drivers and 30 nuns to be first responders, and 23 ambulance drivers in advanced wilderness first aid. Furthermore, 38 doctors and nurses have been certified as local trainers to continue emergency medical trainings in country.
In 2015, the Bhutan Foundation donated a SimuLab TraumaMan and training materials worth Nu 2.5 million to the National Emergency Education Center (NEEC), JDWNRH. The TraumaMan provides a realistic human simulation for advanced trauma training. Medical simulation equipment has been proven to facilitate learning for medical professionals through immersion in clinical scenarios by hands-on practice and feedback.
To date, the Bhutan Foundation has granted Nu 40 million for trainings and equipment to help build capacity of health professionals in Bhutan.”