Nu 5.6 billion super-specialty hospital to be constructed on JDWNRH campus

The detailed project report of the 500-bedded Multi-Disciplinary Super-Specialty Hospital (MDSSH), which will be constructed at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s (JDWNRH) campus in Thimphu, has been completed and submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade to take it up to the Government of India.

Health Minister Dasho Dechen Wangmo said that the detailed report on MDSSH has been completed and proposed a budget of Nu 5.6 billion. The Prime Minister of India and Prime Minister Dasho Dr Lotay Tshering discussed the action plan for building up a super-specialty hospital, so it is outside the planned activity, the Health Minister added.

MDSSH will be constructed near the old hospital on JDWNRH’s campus. Earlier, a team looked at a couple of suitable sites for the establishment of the hospital as well.

The hospital is a complete package where everything is included. The Health Minister shared that when any hospital is built, they have to look for a budget for infrastructure and health officials have to be trained. Nu 1.7 million Infectious Disease Center project is also included in the MDSSH.

MDSSH is a sustainable eco-design, starting with non-toxic paint and children-friendly paint and this will be implemented in the infectious disease hospital as well. “We are gearing towards making a green hospital, bringing in solar panels and making it sustainable,” the Health Minister added.

In terms of services, so far patients have been referred outside for treatment, so in order to curb this, all the health facilities will be provided in the MDSSH,” said the Health Minister, adding that the MDSS hospital will provide high-end tertiary health care, mainly, in cardiology, transplant, cancer, and many more.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister shared the difficult times when there was a shortage of oxygen during COVID-19, so therefore, the ministry will start an oxygen plant in JDWNRH and Mongar hospital.

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