India’s helping hand to Bhutan

India, New Delhi is collaborating with Bhutan to carry out Phase-3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine candidate. India since the beginning of the pandemic in May 2020 till date has dispatched seven consignments of essential medications to Bhutan under the aegis of the SAARC Emergency Covid-19 fund initiated by Prime Minister of India.

To support Bhutan in its fight against Coronavirus pandemic, the consignments of important anti-COVID medicines embody Paracetamol, Cetrizine, Hydroxychloroquine was sent to Bhutan. India is not only supplying medical equipment to Bhutan but has also supplied medical equipment to Bhutan like PPE kits, RT-PCR testing kits, N95 masks, and X-ray machines.

Recently, India has extended its helping hand to Bhutan by delivering a portable digital x-ray machine. The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj handed over a Skanmobile DR Mobile digital x-ray unit to Dr Tandi Dorji Foreign Minister, Bhutan. The machine will be used in conducting critical health services in the southern border town of Phuentsholing.

On which, Ruchira Kamboj in a tweet stated, “Today, I was humbled to hand over a digital X-ray machine from the Government of India to the Government of Bhutan. We stand with Bhutan and hope to move past this together”. While Tandi Dorji in a tweet said, “I would like to thank Government of India for the continued support”.

After the handover ceremony, the Indian mission in Bhutan in a release stated, “India’s gesture to continue delivery of essential medical supplies is a reflection of the special bond of trust and understanding between India and Bhutan that have existed over decades. It is a gift from the people and Government of India (GOI) to the people and the Royal Government of Bhutan.”

Each international locations have additionally begun an air transport bubble for the motion of individuals between the international locations. Druk Air, which is the flag service of Bhutan, operated the primary flight from Paro to Bagdogra in West Bengal on October 1.

Bhutan’s envoy to India, Maj Gen Vetsop Namgyel talking to WION mentioned, “The India Bhutan air transport bubble association allows residents of our two shut neighbours working and residing in one another’s nation to journey backward and forward by air. It’s a good interim measure earlier than common industrial flights can resume.”

India already has a transport air bubble with Afghanistan and Maldives. The Maldives was the first country in South Asia with which India established transport air bubble.

By Karishma Gwalani

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