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Press Release: Provision of Portable Digital X-Ray Machine to Bhutan

In keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that India would stand by its close friend and neighbour, Bhutan, in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th medical consignment containing a portable digital x-ray machine from the Government of India was handed over to the Royal Government of Bhutan through the Ambassador of India to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj to the Foreign Minister of Bhutan (Dr.) Tandi Dorji, on 08 October 2020. The machine will be utilized for conducting critical health services in Phuentsholing, Bhutan.

2. With the outbreak of COVID-19, India acted quickly in responding to and addressing the challenges in the region. As a close friend and neighbour, India has accorded utmost priority to the requirements of Bhutan. Since March 2020, the Government of India has delivered seven consignments of essential medicines (such as Paracetamol, Cetrizine, Hydroxychloroquine) and medical equipment (such as PPE kits, N95 masks, RT-PCR test kits, x-ray machine) to Bhutan. India is also collaborating with Bhutan for conducting Phase-III trials of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

3. 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. Going forward, India will continue to extend all possible support to Bhutan to minimize the health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


8 October 2020

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