Dhaka, April 15 (UNB) – Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has thanked the government of Bangladesh for providing opportunities for Bhutanese students to pursue higher education, especially in the field of medicine.
He said Bangladesh has made significant contributions towards the achievement of Bhutan’s health vision by providing slots for Bhutanese students in its government medical and dental colleges, according to a joint statement issued on Sunday night.
Dr Tshering left here on Monday morning wrapping up his four-day state visit. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr M Enamur Rahman and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque saw him off at the airport.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured continued support of Bangladesh to further enhance cooperation with Bhutan in education and announced an additional five scholarships for Bhutanese students in government medical colleges in Bangladesh, taking the total number of reserved seats for Bhutanese medical students to 15, the joint statement mentioned.
Referring to the shortage of medical specialists in Bhutan, the Bhutanese Prime Minister expressed his country’s strong interest to recruit specialists from Bangladesh to work in government hospitals in Bhutan.
Recognising Bhutan’s need, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to facilitate the recruitment of medical specialists from Bangladesh.
Tshering expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, the government and the people of Bangladesh for the generous donation of essential medicines to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund.