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Parliamentary Committee for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response meets the Health Minister and the Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19

Posted on :02 April 2020

The Parliamentary Committee on COVID -19 Preparedness and Response met with the Minister of Health and the technical advisory team for COVID-19 yesterday. The meeting was carried out to understand clearly the technical aspects of preventive measures and the government’s preparedness vis-a-vis responses during the worst-case scenario. Further, it was aimed at collecting information that will help the Committee take decisions on providing useful recommendations to the government.    

The Hon. Minister along with the technical team made a comprehensive presentation on the updates on the preparedness & Response for the COVID -19.  The presentation underlined an overview of the COVID-19 and current situation, National Preparedness & Response plan of Bhutan, Testing Quarantine, Isolation and Release Algorithms and Preparedness and Response updates. 

Updating on the local, regional and international situation, the team explained the history of COVID-19, its transmission mode and vulnerable age group. The team elucidated various preparedness strategies that are strictly implemented to prevent the spread of the disease in our country, besides explaining the coordination and command system that is put in place to avoid agencies issuing multiple directives, which may confuse the general public.

The team also presented the plans and programmes that are prepared for the worst-case scenario. However, it was made clear that these plans and programmes may change from time to time with the change in certain circumstances at the global, regional or national level. The Hon. Minister emphasized that efforts will be made in all possible ways to avoid any fatality (zero mortality rate) even if the country enters into the red zone. 

Besides making the presentation, the team responded to the concerns raised by the members on the extension of the quarantine period, preparedness during the lockdown, availability of human resources and medical equipment, preparedness in the dzongkhags, treatment through traditional medicine, management of waste collection from home quarantine, etc. 

Expressing her appreciation to the Parliament for supporting the government with various recommendations, the Minister said that it is the collective efforts that will help the country fight this pandemic without having to go through the pressure and challenges of the worst-case situation.

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