The head and neck cancer camp ends today
The surgery for nine head and neck cancer (HNC) cases were conducted during five days HNC surgical camp in the capital.
The Thai Friendship Medical Mission to Bhutan in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MoH) and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) conducted the surgical camp.
The camp that started on 1 February will conclude today.
The Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department of JDWNRH was the focal department for the camp. The ENT department had already identified difficult HNC cases to be sent for the surgery during the camp.
Dr. Tika Ram Adhikari, ENT surgeon, in JDWNRH said that difficult HNC cases for the surgery were kept for the specialist surgeons.
“The surgeon team also examined the old cases of head and neck cancer in the country” he added.
As of yesterday, 10 patients had registered. Nine went for the surgery.
The camp is conducted by the professors and ENT surgeons from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.
The team of 17 delegates that comprises of six Dutch Doctor from Thailand and Netherlands jointly came together for the surgery camp.
Besides the surgery, the team also lectured the students of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical sciences of Bhutan about neck mass yesterday.
The delegation of Thai Friendship Medical Mission is led by Dr. Theerapol Topantanont, Director General of Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand.
The HNC camp in Bhutan is organized by Rajivithi Hospital and Rural Ear Nose and Throat Foundation with the support from MoH.
The Thai Friendship Medical Mission camp was held five times in the country. This year’s camp marks their sixth surgery camp in the country.
In the past camps, the team treated ENT related cases, while the HNC surgical camp is being held for the first time in the country.
MoH recently conducted a hand surgery and restorative surgical camps at JDWNRH from 16 April to 29 April, 2016.
Rajivithi Hospital is a well equipped with state-of-the art medical technology of high international standard and competent medical specialty teams. During the past six decades Rajavithi Hospital has become a center of international training for Bhutan, including several other countries.