Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health received 50,000 RT-PCR test kits from the Government of India, yesterday in Phuentsholing.

This is the 10th consignment received from India.

Consul General Prashant Das handed the consignment to Medical Services Director General Dr Pandup Tshering.

“The timely delivery of these RT-PCR test kits is meant to assist Bhutan’s Ministry of Health in carrying out essential testing during the ongoing lockdown in the country,” stated the press release from the Indian Embassy.

Other consignments received from India since March included paracetamol, cetirizine, hydroxychloroquine, PPE kits, N95 masks, and x-ray machines.

The press release stated that India was collaborating with Bhutan to conduct Phase-III clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine candidates.

India’s gesture to continue delivery of essential medical supplies is a reflection of the special bonds of trust and understanding between India and Bhutan that have existed over decades, states the press release.