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4th International Conference on Medical and Health Sciences

Medical Education Centre for Research, Innovation and Training (MECRIT) and Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) is initiating the Fourth International Conferยญence on Medical and Health Sciences starting from Noยญvember 9. This year, the theme of the program is โ€œImยญproving Quality and Patient Safety in Health Careโ€.

The main objective for holding the conference is to gather the researchers, acaยญdemicians, clinicians, public health specialists and differยญent health professionals to share their research and exยญperiences in order to enrich their knowledge and learn about the new developments in the health sectors.

The inaugural ceremony was graced by Chief Justice, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk in the presence of Health Minister, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo as the guest of honor. He addressed the conยญference enthusiastically exยญpressing his expectation for such an intellectual, stimuยญlating, necessary and useful conference being initiated. He said, โ€œThe conference will certainly provide a platform for our health professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills, get insights into new developments and creยญate a learning network which will facilitate in strengthenยญing health care services in our country.โ€ He added that the health is a tangible reality that directly affects the lives of individual, family and the nation at large.

Public health systems around the globe are operatยญing in a huge and constantly changing dimension. At such a point of time, it is important to learn and discover for the wellbeing of the people

โ€œThe necessity for quality and safety improvement iniยญtiatives permeate healthcareโ€ added the Lyonpo .Hence, the conference will provide a platform to acquire such knowledge and learn about the latest developments.

Bhutan has shown a sigยญnificant development and progress in the health care services over the decades. However, the president of KGUMSB, Kinzang P. Tsherยญing said that the nation is still behind the global standards. Thus, such conferences are necessary for discussion and development to upgrade the services from the health secยญtors to reach the standards of the world. Moreover, he added that the time has come to go from volume to value, that is to improve the quality of health services through the perspective of patient keepยญing them as the center who needs the care.

The conference will proยญvide various workshop on medical errors, Zhinay (mindfulness-traditional apยญproach), Ethical dilemma in health research in low income countries, Holistic Medical Education, and Adult and Neonatal Resuscitation. The conference will be opened for discussions to improve the health facilities and share knowledge among the profesยญsionals.

President Kinzang P. Tshering said, โ€œThese things will only be possible when we are conscious about the qualยญity of the care and put patient in the center of our planning and service promotion, makยญing health care safer with betยญter outcome.โ€

The ceremony followed with the release of University Annual Report, Traditional Medicine Anatomy Book, Bhutan Health Journal and Conference abstract booklet.

On the keynotes adยญdressed by former chief exยญecutive officer of Healthcare Accreditation Institute, Dr. Anuwat Supachutikul, talked about improving the health system with four transformaยญtion agendas as follows;

Review of daily activities

Qualitative Management System

Standard Guided Qualitaยญtive Management Systems

Performance excellence

In addition, he said, โ€œthe basic transformation are the ways of thinking, communiยญcating and treating each othยญer with care.โ€

The conference is orgaยญnized in collaboration with Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, mainly the teaching hospiยญtal with the support from United Nation International Childrenโ€™s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Health Orยญganizations (WHO) and Minยญistry of Health (MoH).


By Kinley Wangchuk

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