Yam Kumar Poudel 

Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) inaugurated its Centre for Simulation-Based Training (CSBT) coinciding with the World Patient Safety Day with its slogan ‘Medication without harm’ on September 17.

Since August 2020, KGUMSB and JICA Office Bhutan have been implementing a five-year Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) ‘Strengthening the medical education’ and the JICA Office Bhutan contributed 470 million Yen or Nu 259.5 million for the centre.

Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo said that making such simulation labs accessible to BHU level would help health professionals get acquainted with knowledge, skills, and motivation.

The goal of the project is to enhance the quality of medical education among health professionals.

Chief Representative JICA Office Bhutan, Tomoyuki Yamada said, “CSBT will have a great potential to support the health system in Bhutan.” According to the Chief Representative, the TCP will assist the clinic service providers to enhance capacity development.

KGUMSB Registrar Diki Wangmo said that the centre would ensure the safety of patients with proficiency. “CSBT will help in making Bhutan a centre for simulation in the region.”

Sixteen specialists from Jeeva Raksha Trust, India are conducting a 16-day training for trainers in Thimphu. As part of the training, 60 nurses and 50 doctors are undergoing simulation training.   

KGUMSB has conducted ToT on BCLS and ECLS to train the Bhutanese instructors in order to strengthen emergency care life support.

KGUMSB aims to train both medical and non-medical teams on emergency life care support in the future to become the WHO Regional collaborating CSBT.