The Member of Parliament (MP) from Tashicholing Constituency Dil Maya Rai asked the Health Minister about the possibility of harmonizing the COVID protocols for the benefit of all citizens during the questions and answer session in the fifth session of Third Parliament the on 25 June.
The Member submitted that having a user-friendly COVID protocol with the least bureaucratic hurdles for travelers, businesses, and villagers from the remotest part of the country would be of huge help especially in the high-risk areas like the Dzongkhags along the southern and eastern regions.
The Member also requested the possibility to institute something similar to a “One Stop Shop” for all citizens, which will enable them to register for quarantine facilities without having to bother their literate relatives or elected leaders.
While answering the question, the Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said on behalf of the Health Minister to the possibility of harmonizing the COVID protocol. He mentioned that even with the Government trying its best to protect the people and make it easier for them, there might have been some loopholes that need to be solved.
The Minister submitted to the House that the Government in view of the problem faced by the citizens has started toll-free services numbers nationally and in dzongkhags for the people to be able to reach out for help during the crisis. He reported that the Local Government leaders are also mandated to help illiterate citizens and that those who can read and write will be able to reach out for help through social media sites like Facebook.
He also explained that the main root of the difficulties in the South during this pandemic time is due to the limited number of quarantine facilities available. He also mentioned that the Government together with the National Covid-19 Task Force has been exploring several other solutions to minimize the impact on the public. The Minister urged and requested the general public to avoid traveling in and out of the high-risk area if it is not necessary.