Hon’ble Prime Minister meets Dr. P. K. Singh, India’s Candidate for the post of Regional Director, WHO

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, India’s Candidate for the post of Regional Director, WHO called on the Prime Minister, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang today. Dr. Singh has been working with the WHO for the last 15 years and is currently a candidate contending for the post of WHO Regional Director of South-East Asia.

 

Hon’ble Prime Minister meets Dr. P. K. Singh, India’s Candidate for the post of Regional Director, WHO

Dr. Singh and Hon’ble Lyonchhen discussed about healthcare, sanitation, disease prevention, nutrition, safe drinking water, and Bhutan’s progress in these fronts. Dr. Singh commended Lyonchhen on the nation’s remarkable advancement toward achieving the MDGs, conceding to an increase in life expectancy and decrease in infant and maternal mortality rates.

“Looking at how Bhutan is moving ahead, the nation will fulfill the MDG objectives even before the target date,” Dr. Singh said.

Lyonchhen and Dr. Singh also talked about natural calamities like receding glaciers and glacier floods, need for emergency preparedness, essential generic medicine, rise in non-communicable diseases, and proper nutrition for mothers and children.

Dr. Singh said that non-communicable diseases were not common in Bhutan before. But today, the nation is witnessing a rise in lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, increasing cholesterol levels and hypertension. Lyonchhen and Dr. Singh highlighted on the importance of nutritional diet patterns, regular exercise and improving advocacy in combating these diseases.

Lyonchhen said that delivering primary healthcare, essential drugs and prevention of non-communicable diseases require a lot more attention and support from WHO.

“Bhutan is striving toward achieving economic self-reliance but in the immediate future, we need aid from WHO in successfully addressing and advocating these pertinent health issues,” Lyonchhen said.

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