Construction of India-funded Hospital in Bhutan begins
The 65-bed hospital is expected to be completed by the middle of 2023
Reiterating India’s support to the health sector of Bhutan, construction of a 65-bedded Mother and Child Hospital funded through New Delhi’s grant commenced in Mongar on Friday.
“Construction begins for Mother and Child Hospital, Mongar! Salang Tendrel (Ground Breaking) for constructing the 65 bedded Mother and Child hospital held today at Mongar. By June 2023, the state of the art hospital would cater to the eastern part of Bhutan,” said a tweet by the Indian Embassy.
The ground breaking ceremony marked the joyous occasion of the birth anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, said a release of the Embassy of India in Bhutan.
The hospital that will be equipped with advance medical equipments from Intensive Care Units and Operation Units is being funded at a cost of Rs. 681 million through Government of India Project Tied assistance for the 12th Five Year Plan.
India is providing support to the tune of Rs. 4.09 billion for Bhutan’s health sector for the 12th Five Year Plan of Bhutan. This includes the construction of the Deothang Hospital, Mother and Child Hospital in Thimphu and 20 bedded Dechencholing Hospital and Nganglam Hospital.
Apart from supporting construction of hospitals, India is funding Bhutan’s Vector Borne Disease Programme, Health Flagship Programme and the programme for procurement of medical equipment for the JDWNRH, Thimphu.
To help Bhutan fight Covid-19, India had earlier provided PPE kits, N95 masks medicines and vaccines.
Last month, six portable x-ray machines were gifted by India to Bhutan. India is also helping Bhutan strengthen its clinical trial research capacity.