As a part of the project “Improvement of Medical Equipment at the National and Regional Referral Hospitals”, Ministry of Health has received seven medical equipment for the national and regional referral hospitals from Japan to improve the diagnostic capacity and services in Bhutan.
The Government of Japan has supported a CT (computerised tomography) scan equipment of 64 slice capacity and a mammography machine to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). This advanced CT machine could diagnose heart diseases in addition to the other parts of the body in lesser time compared to currently existing 16 slice CT equipment.
The mammography machine is being introduced first time in the country which will improve women’s health by detecting breast cancer at an early and curable stage thereby reducing the mortality due to breast cancer.
We have also received a CT scan machine of 16 slice capacity each for Gelephu Regional Referral Hospital and Mongar Regional Referral Hospital which would improve the diagnostic services in the eastern and central region.
Nonetheless, Mongar hospital has received a spirometer to measure the air capacity of lungs, and an Electrocardiogram (ECG) Holter System to monitor heart activity. Gelephu hospital has also received a digital X-ray machine.
The handing taking ceremony of Medical Equipment by Government of Japan to Ministry of Health was held today in presence of Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Mr. Kenji Hirmatsu, His Excellency Health Minister, Ministry of Health and Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Health. The Royal Government of Bhutan and Ministry of Health in particular would like to would like to offer our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Government of Japan and JICA Bhutan Office for this benevolent contribution which would go long way in improving the health of the Bhutanese citizen.