Adequate testing kits and PPEs

Currently Bhutan has enough testing kits, for now with more than 200,000 in stock and orders worth Nu 600 mn more placed.

Similarly, there is enough Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) for now, that will last for the next 5 to 6 months. Also, the additional quantity for PPEs has been ordered in as a preparedness for the red zone.

As frontline workers who are mostly likely to come in contact with potential positive cases they are well equipped with the necessary PPE and training. “However we cannot underscore the risk that our health workers are taking and request everyone to support them in the best way we can,” said a MoH official. Bhutan’s bilateral and multilateral partners have also been donating PPEs and testing kits.

In terms of follow up after testing there have been cases where people test positive after 21 days or even a month. The official said majority of the people that are infected will show signs and symptoms by 5-14 days. Therefore it will not be an effective strategy to follow up and conduct a second round testing for each everyone.

Surveillance teams will prioritize certain individuals with higher risk and may follow up with them. But it will largely depend on how things roll out in the coming few days.  At the moment, the focus is on ensuring all those that require testing are tested. 

Meanwhile, the government requestS public to stay home and abide by lockdown guidelines, as there is not much to worry about as long as they abide by lockdown guidelines.

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