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Bhutan News - Political

26 December, 2008

    

     

1. PDP president steps down

    The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Sangay Ngedup, has submitted his resignation from his present party post to the Election Commission of Bhutan. The opposition leader Tshering Tobgay said that the party was planning a meeting to discuss the party presidency. The meeting date has not been finalised. A PDP member said that there would be an internal process of election for the party president. The resignation of the party president, who was the former prime minister and agriculture minister, and the candidate for Kabji-Talo constituency, comes at a time when the party is facing financial difficulty. PDP has nearly Nu 20 million as overdraft loan, for which the bank is auctioning the president’s 64 decimal land in Thimphu. The party has other liabilities, close to Nu 4 million, says a member. The party also pays Nu 60,000 a month to run its head office in Thimphu. Some PDP party members have resigned to contest in local government elections and others to join corporations and organisations. The general secretary, Lam Kesang, told Kuensel that PDP was working to increase its support base. He said that the party had more than 200 registered members and about 35 candidates. (Kuensel, December 24, 2008)

     

    

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2. Japan aid for maternity ward

    The Thimphu referral hospital’s congested maternity ward, that has limited staff and space, can look forward to a better working environment once the new hospital becomes operational. The newly inaugurated hospital will provide a maternity ward with more staff and space, with better technical facilities to boot. This was made possible after the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the governments of Japan and Bhutan. The government of Japan has committed US$ 78,295 (about Nu 3.6 million) for the improvement of the maternity ward, particularly the labour room. The medical director of the Thimphu referral hospital, Dr Ngawang Tenzin, said that the budget would be used for the improvement of the maternity ward and provide better prenatal services. “The budget will be used for the improvement of the maternity ward in Thimphu hospital, as it has the maximum patient turnout than other hospitals and also trainings and other courses are given to the nurses from across the country here,” he said. The maternity ward witnesses 10-12 deliveries a day and sometimes 17. The maternity ward has seen 147 deliveries so far this month. Equipment, like vacuum set for delivery, phototherapy machine, baby-warmer, handheld foetal doppler, CTG machine and ultrasound with TV probe, will be provided through the budget. The MoU was signed by Dr Ngawang Tenzin and the minister and deputy chief of mission, embassy of Japan, New Delhi, Masashi Mizokami on December 19. (Kuensel, December 22, 2008)

     

    

3. Japanese support for immunization programme in Bhutan

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Health signed a technical cooperation support for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Bhutan today. The agreement was signed this morning by the Health Secretary Dasho Dr. Gado Tshering, the Resident Representative of JICA Tetsuo Yabe and Head of Development Cooperation Division of the GNH Commission, Thinley Namgyel. The three-year project will see Japanese assistance in supply of vaccines and vaccine storage equipment called cold chain equipment. Under the project Japanese technical advisers will also train Bhutanese health workers. The Health Secretary expressed gratitude to JICA for its assistance to Bhutan including support in the Health sector. Japan’s support to the immunization programme in Bhutan started in 1995. (Bhutan Broadcasting Services, December 22, 2008)

    

    


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