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

Posted on :01 April 2020

The Parliamentary Committee on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response met with the Hon’ble Health Minister and the Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19. The meeting was held to seek clarification on certain issues from the Ministry of Health with the  objective to enhance the Committee’s support to the Government. The Health Minister thanked the Committee for passionately working together with the Health Ministry and the Government and contributing to the response to COVID-19. The Health Minister also emphasized that since the Members are the representative of the people, the Parliament Members should be responsible for dissemination of correct information to the people. 

The Technical Advisory Group while highlighting that “the response should be proportional to the risk”, presented updates on the Preparedness and Response for COVID-19; Response in International, Regional and the National situation, Incubation period, Transmission Mode, National Preparedness and Response Measures along with Global Situational Update amongst others. The Health Minister also informed that the Ministry is recruiting retired doctors, setting priority and possible safety measures for the vulnerable population and getting Desuups, Red Cross Members and the final year students of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan trained  to help and support the Health workers. The team assured that the National response plan for COVID-19 is ahead and in place with support from the relevant agencies and multi-sectoral supports.

The Committee sought clarification from the Minister and the team on  the extension of the Quarantine period, readiness of the country in case of increase in confirmed cases and possibility of lockdown, preparedness of the Dzongkhags, usage of Traditional Medicine, Certificate of Quarantine and Waste Management issues in Quarantine Facilities. 

 

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