Friday, September 25, 2020

UNICEF Bhutan today handed over two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines with 4,800 rapid test kits, 35,952 items of personal protective equipment (PPE), 100 handheld thermometers and 3,652 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) supplies to the Ministry of Health.
UNICEF procured these critical medical supplies with funding support from the Government of Japan (GoJ) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The PCR machines, each of which was procured with ADB and GoJ funding will supplement the existing PCRs in the country and support the health ministry’s efforts to test more samples taken for COVID-19. The PCRs would provide real time and accurate data within 35 minutes.
Health Minister, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo said that the much needed support from the development partners in such times is a genuine sign of solidarity. “The support will greatly help the Ministry of Health in scaling up its testing capacity and enhancing its preparedness to efficiently counter possible community transmission of the virus,” Lyonpo added.