Ini­tia­tive to cre­ate aware­ness on health is­sues un­der Trongsa Dzongkhag

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The Dzongkhag Health Of­fi­cer, Dolly Tsh­er­ing said, the health work­ers are much more con­cern about the health of Trongsa peo­ple due to in­crease in pop­u­la­tion by two projects and col­lege stu­dents. There­fore Trongsa has be­come one of the con­cern places for health work­ers.

Be­fore the health work­ers gave only aware­ness but have never done test­ing and screen­ing. If the same pro­ce­dure is fol­lowed then few peo­ple will lis­ten and for­gets af­ter some­time which is not that ef­fec­tive for the peo­ple. So to make sure that ev­ery ones health is taken care the health work­ers are sac­ri­fic­ing time to make peo­ple in Trongsa clean and clear.

Last Tues­day at Thruepang a to­tal of 216 peo­ple turned up for the check up and screen­ing. Next day at Dzongkhalum 30 peo­ple turned up and at Tashi Dingkha dam colony 85 peo­ple turned up for HIV/AIDS, sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tion (STI), Hep­ati­tis B and non com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDS) check­ups.

Sim­i­larly the same aware­ness pro­gram was car­ried out in Drat­shang in dzong and nun­nery in Kun­garabten.

In Drat­shang in­clud­ing Lam Neten the to­tal num­ber of monks turned up for the test was 54 and at nun­nery 84 nuns came for­ward for the check­ups.

The Dzongkhag health of­fi­cer said, “The main ob­jec­tive of test­ing Drat­shang and nun­nery is to check for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) and non com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs). Most of the monks and nuns suf­fer from TB be­cause of un­healthy diet and their life style.”

Some­times there are high chances of non com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases due to over­crowd­ing and un­hy­gienic in sur­round­ing. There­fore to pre­vent from those dis­eases the health fam­ily took ini­tia­tive for test­ing the blood.

Whereas at Dzongkhalum and at Thruepang the health work­ers aimed was for the truck­ers and taxi driver as they are the only fre­quent mover from place to place and there is high chances of spread­ing sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions, Hep­ati­tis B and HIV AIDS.

Not only truck­ers and taxi driver but also peo­ple around came vol­un­tar­ily for test­ing which shows that all peo­ple are co­op­er­a­tive with health fam­ily and shows con­cerns on their own health.

“Health fam­i­lies are de­lighted to know that most of the peo­ple are com­ing for­ward to test their blood and ev­ery peo­ple in Trongsa es­pe­cially truck- ers and taxi driv­ers are very open to the health fam­ily. If it con­tin­ues the same then there is no doubt of spread­ing the dis­eases.” He men­tioned.

The blood sam­ples are un­der process and the re­port will be out soon.

Sonam 26, truck driver said, “When I was in­formed by one of friend, the health of­fi­cial were here to test blood I came read­ily. Oth­er­wise if I go to hos­pi­tal I have to wait in queue and it is also dif­fi­cult to meet with fo­cal per­son. More over I don’t get time to visit hos­pi­tal as driver I have to be very busy and not grant­ing leave if I wish also. It is re­ally good ini­tia­tive taken by hos­pi­tal.”

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