Bhutan again elected a women minister. Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo is the second women minister after Dasho Dorji Choden.
Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo is the third oldest sibling. She is 42 and mother of one. She contested as Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) candidate from north Thimphu.
She has bachelors in cardiopulmonary science from Northeastern University, Boston MA, and masters in public health (Global Health Epidemiology), Yale University.
She achieved top five percent in cardiopulmonary science of the performers graduating with highest honors. In 2007, she became the first Bhutanese to graduate from Yale school of public health.
With vast experience in medical field, she understands the health system of the country and is confident in improving the health services. The new health minister said, “Since I am very passionate about health, I chose to work in health sector.”
Lyonpo said that since the people of Bhutan have placed trust on me, I am hoping to achieve higher goals for the sector and it could be quite challenging. I am super excited and confident to bring significant development particularly in health sector. She also emphasized with the government’s slogan of ‘Narrowing the Gap,’ they plan to reduce inequity in health services.
She looks forward to make every individual accessible to quality health services throughout the country. Government plans to establish separate health unit with specialist and dispense services in every gewog level to achieve their goal.
By Leki Dema