Thimphu, Bhutan, March 24, 2020: Today, the Bhutan Foundation officially handed over a 40-foot shipping container carrying donated medical supplies and equipment worth Nu. 1.13 million to the Ministry of Health, Bhutan.“These much-needed supplies have come in timely during the COVID-19 crisis and are being fully utilized,” said a Bhutanese health official.
Donated medical supplies and equipment include oxygen and therapeutic respiratory apparatus, personal protective equipment, orthopedic appliances, syringes, surgical equipment, and other disposable medical supplies. The medical supplies will be distributed to various health facilities and hospitals in Bhutan. The personal protective equipment and disposable supplies include face masks, hand sanitizers, face shields, disposable gowns, and surgical gloves. The donated supplies were obtained in partnership with MedShare, an American organization that sources and delivers medical supplies and equipment to communities around the world.
The Bhutan Foundation has been working in partnership with Bhutan’s Ministry of Health over the last decade to develop emergency medical services, provide health services to nomadic populations, and promote public health research in Bhutan. The Foundation is pleased to continue its commitment and support toward improving medical services in Bhutan by donating these medical supplies and equipment.