COVID-19 challenges and management of human resource in health, Bhutan’s unique approach: Medical University’s contribution

COVID-19 challenges and management of human resource in health, Bhutan’s unique approach: Medical University’s contribution

Authors

  • Karma Tenzin Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Deki Pem Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3727-3806
  • Diki Wangmo Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Kipchu Tshering Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Phurpa Phurpa Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6123-8296
  • Karma Choden Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Ugyen Wangdi Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Phensum Tobgay Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Gem Tshering Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan https://orcid.org/0009-0001-9464-2711
  • Nguldup Gyeltshen Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan https://orcid.org/0009-0003-2575-8977
  • kunzang kunzang Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47811/bhj.147

Abstract

In March 2020, the country saw its first case when a foreign tourist tested positive for COVID-19 at Thimphu. There was immediate activation of national preparedness and response plan including the requirements for surge in human resource capacity to handle the novel infection. One key emphasis of the national response was to support the existing 3500 health care workforce by partnering with community in sharing pandemic-related activities. One such initiative was training a pool of people to shoulder basic responsibilities at quarantine and non-hospital isolation facilities. Therefore, Khesar Gyalpo University of medical Sciences of Bhutan was tasked to develop a training program and thus the De-suup plus program was designed with focus on people from non-medical background. This article attempts to describe the development and implementation of the training. The training
constituted basic nursing competencies, personal protective equipment and essential public health preventive measures with the purpose of serving at quarantine and non-hospital isolation facilities in the Country.

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Published

2022-11-30

How to Cite

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Tenzin K, Pem D, Wangmo D, Tshering K, Phurpa P, Choden K, Wangdi U, Tobgay P, Tshering G, Gyeltshen N, Kuenzang kuenzang. COVID-19 challenges and management of human resource in health, Bhutan’s unique approach: Medical University’s contribution. Bhutan Health Journal [Internet]. 2022 Nov. 30 [cited 2024 Apr. 22];8(2):21-4. Available from: https://bhj.com.bt/index.php/bhj/article/view/315

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