Initiative to create awareness on health issues under Trongsa Dzongkhag
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.”