IMPORTANT MILESTONES FOR TRADITIONAL MEDICINE SERVICES IN BHUTAN
1967 - His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Third King of Bhutan commanded the Health Department to introduce Traditional Medicine Services in the country
1968 - Established an Indigenous Dispensary at Dechencholing, Thimphu
1971 - Started on the job Training Programme for Menpa as per the 32nd National Assembly Resolution, Article Number 11 at the Indigenous Dispensary
1978 - Started Drungtsho Training Programme as per the Royal Command of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan
1979 - Dispensary was upgraded as the Indigenous Hospital and shifted to the present site in Kawang Jangsa from Dechencholing
- First Traditional Medicine Unit was established in Trashigang District
1982 - Started mechanized production of Traditional Medicines with support from the World Health Organization (WHO)
1988 - Indigenous Hospital was upgraded as the National Institute of Traditional Medicine with support from an Italian NGO (DISVI)
1992 - The Training Centre was shifted from Dechencholing to Kawang Jangsa
1996 - Instituted Revolving Fund for Pharmaceutical and Research Unit to ensure sustainability of traditional medicine production.
1997 - Established Pharmaceutical and Research Unit with support from European Union.
1998 - National Institute of Traditional Medicine was upgraded as the Institute of Traditional Medicine Services with the following functional units:
- National Institute of Traditional Medicine
- National Traditional Medicine Hospital
- Pharmaceutical and Research Unit
- Created the post of Director for Traditional Medicine Services
2001 - Completed the establishment of Traditional Medicine Unit in all 20 Districts
2003 - National Institute of Traditional Medicine became one of the Founding Members of the Royal University of Bhutan
2008 - National Institute of Traditional Medicine formally became part of the Royal University of Bhutan after signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health and the Royal University of Bhutan
2011 - Royal University of Bhutan is delinked from the Royal Civil Service Commission and became as an Autonomous Organization through an Executive Order of the Prime Minister of Bhutan
2013 - National Institute of Traditional Medicine is delinked from the Royal University of Bhutan and became part of the newly established University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan as Faculty of Traditional Medicine
- Created the Department of Traditional Medicine Services under the Ministry of Health
2015 - Launched the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan.