A book on de­tailed health Sys­tem in Dzongkhag level launched

Bhutan Times - - Home - Book Launch: Dasho Dzongda of Trongsa Sonam Rinchen launches the book on the 108th Na­tional Day Deki Lhadon

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.

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