Health partnership comes at a time of tensions with China


Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 25

The US government is donating 15 state-of-the-art ventilators to the Royal Government of Bhutan to assist the country in its battle against the ongoing global pandemic.

“This donation builds up to $1 million, that USAID committed to the Bhutan Foundation in April to support the relief efforts”, said the US embassy in a press release.

In the month of September, USAID—in coordination with the Bhutan Foundation—also donated two lakh cloth masks to Bhutan’s Ministry of Health.

The US-Bhutan health area co-operation comes at a time when India is agreeable to Washington striking closer ties with its neighbours to ward off China.

Currently, Bhutan is facing pressure from China to settle their boundaries. Out of Bejing’s 14 land neighbours, Bhutan, and India are the only ones not have a settled boundary with China.

USAID is also strengthening Bhutan’s diagnostic laboratory capabilities, and clinical case-management, providing virtual training for health care providers and lab personnel, and developing communications materials on Covid prevention, readiness and response.



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