Bhutan has administered second doses of vaccine to almost 85 percent of people who are above the age of 18 years in a week-long inspired vaccination drive that has gained it international attention. With this, around 60 percent of its entire population of around 750,000 people is now fully vaccinated. The US had recently donated 550,000 Moderna vaccines to Bhutan.
Bhutan has now secured surplus Covid-19 vaccines as the United States confirmed donating 500,000 vaccines to the country. Over 97 percent of the eligible adult population in the country has already received the first dose of vaccine.
Bhutan is likely to miss the 8-12 weeks deadline for the second dose of the Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine as the government has not managed to procure vaccines so far. The country had administered the first doses to around 97 percent of its population in April in the record nine days' time.
Bhutan - one of the world's greenest countries with a high forest cover - could see a moderate rise in emission level by 2050 if it failed to maintain emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, Kuensel reported.
A million trees would be planted in the next five years in Bhutan’s fallow land under a drive, “Million Trees Project’, that kicked off this week in the Himalayan nation The drive aims to make optimal use of the limited arable land available in the country.
Oral healthcare during pregnancy is poor in Bhutan, with 40 percent of expectant mother’s never visiting dental hospital despite having problems, according to a recent study. Doctors said oral health is “of utmost necessity” as it could lead to other problems among pregnant women.
Bhutan will continue its COVID -19 vaccination till the end of April for those who could not avail of the services during the weeklong campaign that ended on April 2. The service will be available at all health facilities in 20 districts or dzongkhags.
Feed and fodder scarcity for yaks has been a major challenge for the yak herders every winter in Bhutan.
Multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) has emerged as a major health concern for Bhutan, with cases steadily increasing in the country in the last five years.
Bhutan is planning to start COVID-19 mass vaccination from March 18, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH), though the date is yet to be finalized.
Thimphu/Xinhua: Bhutan's Ministry of Health reported Monday that 76 of the country's total 82 positive COVID-19 patients have been declared recovered as of Sunday, pushing the recovery rate to over 90 percent.
Thimpu/UNI: Bhutan reported biggest one-day jump with 10 more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 43.
Jaigaon, Indo-Bhutan Border/UNI: The Bhutanese government has imposed restriction on visiting tourists to this Himalayan kingdom for two weeks with immediate effect after a US tourist was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Thimpu/Xinhua/UNI: Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering announced on Friday morning that one positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the country.
New Delhi, July 23 (IBNS): Delhi-based think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in a new global study -‘Clunkered: Combating Dumping of Used Vehicles - A roadmap for Africa and South Asia’, has lifted the lid on the dark underbelly of a large-scale global trade in old and used vehicles from high income to low and middle income countries of Africa and South Asia.