A book on detailed health System in Dzongkhag level launched
Dolley Tshering Dzongkhag Health officer of Trongsa Dzongkhag published a book titled `A Situation Analysis of Dzongkhag Health System of Trongsa’ coinciding with 108th National Day 2015 last year.
He said that he had never known that hardships can be honored so wholeheartedly. A man belonging to humble family has published first book on health system in Trongsa Dzongkhag leaving history and inspiring many health workers to do the same.
Speaking to Bhutan Times, Dolley Tshering from Haa Yangthang described how he worked hard in his life and managed to become what he is now.
Dolley Tshering, 38 years felt truly honored to publish his first book which was recognized by Ministry of Health and Dzongkhag Administra- tion.
“I was brought up in the humble family in one of the remotest corner of Bhutan: Haa Yangthang. I went to local schools and lived half of my life in home community, which gave me complete understanding of the rural life.” He said.
He mentioned that his village lacked basic health care which had devastating impact on lives. He witnessed his own family facing the same problem.
“I was among the four lucky siblings who survived out of seven. My step mother wasn’t as lucky; she lost all her seven children. There were also instances where women gave birth to 21 siblings but survived none.”
Those unfortunate histories of his community shaped and hardened dream to become a doctor. However, his rural upbringing and education didn’t sustain him against the urban intellects for the MBBS scholarship, thus ending his dream of becoming a doctor.
“But I redefined my dream and chose to become a community health worker, which I understood was going to take me closer to my dream of serving the community.”
Then he joined the Royal Institute of Health and Science presently known as Faculty of Nursing & Public Health in Thimphu in 2004 to formally certify himself as a health worker.
As a token of reward as he took personally for having served his community for six years, after that he had an opportunity to undergo BSc. in Public Health and further gave him the strength and inspiration to work hard.
“I presently work as a Dzongkhag Health Officer having a direct contact and bridging the gap between my community & the health care services.” He added.
He had given the responsibility of bridging gap between the national health services and the community.
Now he is involved first hand in maternal and child health care which include antenatal , postnatal and newborn care, their nutrition and immunizations, Family planning and reproductive health care, education on STIs and HIV/ AIDS, and prevention and control of non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and cancer in the rural communities.
He has been working in educating the communities for the last nine years with deep personal satisfactions. However, he discovered that the rural population is still unaware of many health problems and the healthcare available.
He also said that the old methods of health approaches seem to lack the efficiency to reach to the rural uneducated majority of the country, which is when he felt the need for new methods, better approaches, modern skills, new technologies and scientific approaches like in his publication.
He pointed out that the knowledge of new discoveries, new diseases, new medicines, and new medical breakthroughs take a long while to reach a small country like Bhutan.
Moreover it takes longer to reach the rural communities where he work, which otherwise could save many lives and expenses through preventive & promotive aspect of health care services because most of the diseases can be prevented at the community level with scientific approaches rather than simply assuming and believing so much on myths.
The main objective of his book is to provide his community the healthcare services through evidence based health planning and further prepare himself to work best with the community and subsequently create a sustainable link between the community and the health facilities.
Not only that, he also wanted to step forward with bold step in upbringing the health of the community. “My little effort with strong determination hopes to impact the live of the people in the community through evidence based health planning.”
His current publication is also a study on health coverage and existing health system in Trongsa Dzongkhag. Through this research he is planning to move forward and focus more in the areas where previous health workers have missed out.
“After 3 years I will be writing another book to see what changes I could bring to the Health System and people of Trongsa Dzongkha,” said the DHO.