The health workers in the country lack skill to provide health care services to the LGBT
The health workers in the country lack skills to provide health care services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) member. The health care providers support that men sex with men (MSM) and transgender should get equal care and misconceptions and value driven stigma should not impact the services provided to the LGBT members.
As one of the challenges of LGBT member is inability to be opened about their gender with the health worker as they don’t feel comfortable to them and also the health worker are not aware of dealing with the transgender and MSM people.
In 2017 there were 97 members and now they have 118 registered LGBT members. The Ministry of Health is urging LGBT member to express their needs and seek help to improve the situation.
During the talk to sensitize media stakeholder on the sexual education and sexual health awareness and to develop strategies to disseminate sensitive media program, Dechen Wangmo public health consultant, said that the substantial member of healthcare provider haven’t got any training or orientation on HIV and male sexual health.
“The assessment found out that many of health providers reported a poor understanding of transgender and MSM issues and they are not comfortable to talk with their patient about the sexual issue.”
She also said that it depends on the indi- vidual health provider to deal with the MSM and transgender people. The evaluation on stigma and discrimination impacting universal access for these people in our country. From six Dzongkhag Thimphu, Chukha, Bumthang, Sarpang, Wangdue and Samdrupjongkhar there are 887 health care providers out of that only 317 were responded to the questionnaire. Study based on the population size from six Dzongkhag, Bumthang has the highest with 83 percent respondent, while Thimphu with the lowest with 25 percent and overall was 26 percent.
She said that as a health care provider they want the MSM issues to understand well. The majority of health workers would have positive attitude towards HIV related cases. And due to the lack of understanding between LGBT member and health workers they land up not enthuse health services.
Meanwhile, the health worker started sensitization programmers on LGBT community for the health workers and relevant stakeholders.