45 receive corrective surgeries
T arayana Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health organized the 4th annual surgical restorative camp with Smile Asia, Singapore, from 20 to 26 October in Paro Dzongkhag hospital.
The team has treated 141 patients in the past three restorative camps held annually and for six days, the team screened 45 patients this year, and some are successfully operated on them from different Dzongkhag who had registered for the surgical camp.
The surgical restorative camp was conduct- ed for the correction of cleft- lips, cleft palates, burns and for people mauled by wild animals using technical expertise from Surgicorp International.
The camp also focused on tumors and other facial deformities in children. Surgicorp International’s medical mission allows them to deliver safe surgeries to places, frequently in the developing world, where they may not be readily available according to international standards.
The President of Tarayana Foundation, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, visited Paro Hospital on 25 October to meet with the patients undergoing restorative surgical attention.
Her Majesty hosted a high tea for the surgical team at Ugyen Pelri Palace to thank the team for their voluntary service in changing the lives of those who needed the surgical attention.
Besides, Her Majesty also met with the hospital team and thanked each and everyone for their dedicated service to the nation.
Smile Asia is a global alliance of independent charities working together to treat children with facial deformities, since 2008.
On a typical mission, a team of about 35 medical professionals comprising surgeons, anesthetists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and others from around Asia and the world travel to a partner country to treat children over a period of one week.
Smile Asia saw transformation of about 100 lives through safe and effective surgery, cross training of medical volunteers, together with raising awareness of the impact that facial disfigurement can have both on the individual and the family unit.
The surgery programme done by Smile Asia meets two goal which is to transform the children they treat while creating selfsufficient in long– term solutions.
Tarayana foundation is a registered Civil Society Organization established in 2003 that aims in working to uplift and enhance the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities in Bhutan.
Till now the surgery programme has been carried out in two Dzongkhags, Mongar in 2014 and 2015, and Paro in 2013 and 2016.
The team will be treating the patients in China, Cambodia and India till December 11, 2016.