Bhutan's health traditions have historically alternated between traditional and allopathic medicines where Western medicine was introduced in the early part of the Twentieth Century. In 1961, only two hospitals, in Thimphu and Samtse, and 11 dispensaries existed. The medical field at that time was chiefly operated by expatriate doctors and nurses, with few national medical and paramedical personnel.
Infrastructural developments on the policy level began in the 1980’s, with an emphasis on Primary Health Care, propounded at the Alma Ata declaration in 1978. There are now almost thirty hospitals, over 600 Outreach clinics, and over two thousand health personnel.
The Ministry of Health’s website houses information on policy initiatives, statistics, various health departments, epidemics, surveys, and a photo gallery. Also, publications, covering annual data, bulletins and a quarterly morbidity and activity report can be accessed. Finally, vacancies, announcements, news archives, newsletters, and reports can also be browsed through online.