His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo do­nates seven am­bu­lances

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His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo do­nated seven King Long am­bu­lances to the Min­istry of Health last Tues­day at the spe­cial func­tion in Ten­drelthang.

His Ho­li­ness per­formed the pu­rifi­ca­tion cer­e­mony (Lhab­sang Thrue­sel) and hand over the am­bu­lances to health min­istry. The am­bu­lances were do­nated by the devo­tees from abroad to His Ho­li­ness which costs about Nu.7.76M.

The am­bu­lances will be dis­patched to des­ig­nated hospi­tal by 26th June. As com­manded by His Ho­li­ness three am­bu­lances will be given to re­gional re­fer­ral hospi­tal in Mon­gar, Trashiyangtse and Lhuntshe hos­pi­tals. These am­bu­lances were com­mit­ted by the devo­tees to Chabje Rim­poche in ad­di­tion to their do­na­tion of six am­bu­lances in the past years.

Deputy Chief Pro­gram Of­fi­cer with the Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Di­vi­sion of the min­istry Wangchuk Dukpa said the trans­porta­tion cost till Kolkata from the man­u­fac­tur­ing plant was sup­ported by the devo­tees and from Kolkata to Thim­phu was borne by the Min­istry. Samtse and Pema­gat­shel hospi­tal will be given one am­bu­lance each and Pu­nakha will be given two am­bu­lances as it’s a de­sired by the devo­tees as their ges­ture for pro­vid­ing good ser­vices re­ceived by them when they vis­ited Bhutan.

Ac­cord­ing to the stan­dards, the Grade I Ba­sic Health Units (BHU) will get the am­bu­lance but in Bhutan as the BHUs are far from the district hospi­tal, the min­istry pro­vides am­bu­lances to some Grade II BHUs, said the health of­fi­cials.

He also added that cur­rently there are 111 am­bu­lances in the field and with these seven units will add up to 118 am­bu­lances across the coun­try.

The Min­istry of Health re­mains ever grate­ful to His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo for this phil­an­thropic con­tri­bu­tion.

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