ERMU team receives certificates of recognition from His Majesty
7December 2015: His Majesty The King recognized the members of the Nepal Earthquake Relief Medical Unit, comprising of medical and armed force personnel and DeSuups, for their services following the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25.
In a ceremony at the RBA headquarters in Lungtenphu, the Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army. Lt. General Batoo Tshering, presented certificates of appreciation from His Majesty to the members of the team.
Lt. General Batoo congratulated the team for having exceeded expectations in carrying out their service in aiding Nepal.
He said that the team embarked on their mission greatly motivated and inspired by the farsighted Commands they received from His Majesty, to render their greatest services and aid to the people of Nepal. This spirit ensured that Bhutan’s mission was a remarkable success.
The Bhutanese team was deployed to Nepal upon the Command of His Majesty The King, to extend medical aid to the victims of the devastating earthquake.
The team was among the first such international groups to arrive in Nepal, when it arrived in Kathmandu a mere two days after the earthquake with a completely self- sufficient system, along with the Prime Minister, who presented 1 million USD to the Prime Minister of Nepal as Bhutan’s contribution to help in recovering from the earthquake.
The team operated an outdoor hospital for over a month in Trishu- li, Nuwakot district, where the heavily damaged district hospital was struggling to treat the hundreds of victims brought in everyday from the area.
After the Bhutanese team set up, it treated over 2000 patients, enabling patients to recover at the site instead of having to be referred to Kathmandu. The team also split into groups to travel to unreached villages on foot, to treat those patients who had not yet received access to medical services.
Members of the team assisted the patients and their families in every way possible, distributing essential items as His Majesty’s Kidu, donating blood whenever required, and with numerous small acts, earning deep appreciation and immense goodwill for Bhutan from the hospital staff, patients, and the people of Nepal.
The team was also able to enable other volunteer groups offer their help to the people, allowing them the use of facilities whenever required. The Bhutanese team’s attitude and service won the admiration of international volunteers who observed their work.