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Bhutan has made great strides in providing health care services and making remarkable contributions to the health and happiness of the people. However, the country is marred with continual shortage of both doctors and other health professionals.  Bhutan has 2 doctors and 8 nurses per 10,000 population and is one of the lowest in the Region. While the internationally accepted standard of nurse-bed ratio is around 1:7, JDWNRH has nurse bed ratio of 1:17. Therefore, even by crude calculation, Bhutan would require another 150 doctors to reach the minimum desired level of doctor to population ratio.
Hence, the establishment of the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan is not only necessary but a significant step towards accelerating and achieving self sufficiency in health human resources e to enhance wards quality of future Bhutanese health care services by enabling country to plan for health human resources and also the super specialized centres. In the coming years this will create new working place for a knowledge based society with teaching, learning and research activities, not only to serve the Bhutanese needs but also contribute to the global knowledge bank.  Further, the medical university could also provide opportunity to develop training and research programs based on the latest principles, specific health needs and produce medical and health professionals who would embody the compassion, wisdom, values and traditions of the unique health care systems of Bhutan providing equal importance for both traditional and allopathic systems of medicines.
Therefore, The Royal Government of Bhutan, enacted “University of Medical Sciences Act of Bhutan (UMSB) 2012” on the 25th Day of the 11th Month of Iron Female Rabbit Year of the Bhutanese Calendar corresponding to 18th January 2012, which mandates the establishment of UMSB as an “overarching university for existing Institutions engaged in medical and health care education and training programs in the country and new institutions established hereinafter“.
The University was renamed as the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan by Her Gyaltsun, The Queen of Bhutan on 29th March 2015 thereby befitting our Kings effort toward their selfless service to nation building.

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