ERMU team re­ceives cer­tifi­cates of recog­ni­tion from His Majesty

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter

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.

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