Bhutan: small nation, big ideas affecting respiratory health
As the vaccination campaign approaches, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, a surgeon who still practices on weekends, regularly aired shows on social media to reassure the population about various aspects of the COVID-vaccination. 19 to counter vaccine hesitation. WHO assisted in the development of the vaccine deployment plan and training materials for vaccinators. It also provided technical and financial support to train health workers across Bhutan ahead of the campaign. A national corps of more than 4,500 orange-clad volunteers called Desuung were also crucial; they have helped establish over 1,200 vaccination sites across the country. Home vaccination services were provided to people registered as having mobility or other medical problems. One day before the nationwide deployment, a mock exercise was conducted in the capital, Thimphu, and lessons learned were disseminated to all 20 districts to facilitate their implementation. Health Minister Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo, a trained epidemiologist, told the national newspaper Kuensel that medical experience in government has benefited the country’s response to COVID-19: “It helps to make rational and well-informed decisions when you yourself have a deep understanding of the subject.” “
Tshokey Tshokey, a consultant clinical microbiologist at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu and a member of Bhutan’s technical advisory group for the COVID-19 response, credits existing systems for the successful deployment of the vaccine in Bhutan. “Bhutan has… high childhood immunization coverage. Every health center in the country, including the most remote basic health units, has the required cold chain system, skilled health workers and vaccine supply chain management… the past. Drawing on all these systems and experiences, preparing for the national COVID-19 vaccination was not difficult, ”he said. Lancet respiratory medicine.
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