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Reverse isolation facilities instituted in all 20 Dzongkhags under Royal Command

Staff Reporter

The Reverse Isolation Facilities have been instituted in all 20 Dzongkhags under Royal Command as His Majesty’s ‘foremost concern’ is the health and wellbeing of those individuals who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, particularly due to health comorbidities.

Reverse Isolation Facility is a part of the national strategy to manage the COVID-19 pandemic as the country transitions to a new phase.

According to Office of Gyalpoi Zimpoen announcement, reverse isolation facilities have been put in place in all 20 Dzongkhags of Bhutan upon Royal Command, to protect those individuals most vulnerable to COVID-19, and provide a safe space where they can effectively isolate themselves when there is a surge of positive cases in their community. This Kidu initiative stems from Bhutan’s continuing policy of protecting lives during the pandemic.

The Reverse Isolation Facilities will have dedicated health professionals and personal caregivers, and be connected to relevant health facilities to ensure the wellbeing of residents in isolation. Priority will also be given to boosting the overall health of the residents with medical care and supplements. The Reverse Isolation Facilities will be maintained under strict COVID-19 protocols.

Reverse Isolation Facilities in all Dzongkhags are already being activated to evacuate those in COVID-19 surge areas. The most vulnerable sections the population identified through the health system and dzongkhags, will be contacted and offered the option to enter.

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