Kamechu BH to get a fe­male HA

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The short­age of fe­male health as­sis­tant in the Ba­sic Health Unit (BHU) lags some as­pects to the preg­nant women and in­fant moth­ers. Among oth­ers, Kamechu BHU in Wang­due is one which lacks a fe­male health as­sis­tant.

How­ever, the ab­sence of a fe­male health as­sis­tant in the BHU will be ad­dressed soon. That was what Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said to the gath­er­ing in his re­cent gewog vis­its to Daga Gewog in Wang­due Dzongkhag.

It was found that the women who are preg­nant for the first time are mostly hes­i­tant to avail them­selves of the health ser­vices when the health as­sis­tant is a male. To help women, the Health Min­is­ter pledged to de­ploy a fe­male health as­sis­tant in all Grade-I BHU.

The govern­ment’s aim to de­ploy a fe­male health as­sis­tant across the coun­try was one of the com­mon re­quests from the gewogs for the con­ve­nience of the women and chil­dren. Ly­onch­hen said that peo­ple must avail of the ser­vices and prop­erly use the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

It is also to en­cour­age and sen­si­tize on Pap smear, es­pe­cially in re­mote ar­eas. Ac­cord­ing to the health min­istry, cer­vi­cal cancer is one of the lead­ing causes of the death among Bhutanese women.

To­day, there are 232 fe­male health as­sis­tant of 605 health as­sis­tants in the coun­try.

Ly­onch­hen also un­der­lined the im­por­tance of meet­ing the pub­lic to dis­cuss and know about the pub­lic griev­ances per­son­ally and ex­pressed hap­pi­ness over zero Gung­tong in Daga Gewog.

He also talked on the de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties and plans ini­ti­ated for the gewog. He shared that the gewog has worked to­wards devel­op­ment and thanked the peo­ple for their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Mean­while, Ly­onch­hen said the pub­lic that Wo­gayna Chi­wog would be con­nected with elec­tric­ity soon. He said the Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion has al­ready car­ried out the sur­vey.

Elec­tric­ity helps ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and ben­e­fits farm­ers to com­plete their work on time. It shares the bur­den of the farm­ers in terms of fi­nance, re­sources and time among oth­ers. This, in turn, is ex­pected to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dard with ma­chiner­ies and elec­tric kitchen uten­sils and other nec­es­sary house­hold items.

Mean­while, Ly­onch­hen also com­mended the peo­ple for hav­ing di­ary, poul­try farms and fish­eries; and also urged the peo­ple to take own­er­ship of the elec­tric fences. Ly­onch­hen met Tsh­er­ing Pen­jor, a lo­cal who availed of the loan from the Ru­ral En­ter­prise Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Limited and ven­tured into car­damom plan­ta­tion.

Lo­cated on top of a steep hill af­ter climb­ing na­tional high­way, the vil­lages in Daga Gewog looks al­most de­serted from the dev­as­ta­tion caused by the Wang­dueTsir­ang high­way widen­ing.

Daga Gewog is lo­cated in the south­ern part of the dzongkhag on the right bank of Pu­natsangchhu. Daga Gewog con­sists of vil­lages of Um Khatey, Um Khamey, Wo­gayna, Gay­bakha and Tak­shaSili. The gewog is home to 152 house­holds with the pop­u­la­tion of about 1,347.

It is to­day a quiet vil­lage with about 98 per­cent of the to­tal area falls un­der for­est cover. The gewog has been pulled back by its re­mote­ness. But with some in­ter­ven­tions, it can be a hub of agri­cul­ture.

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