Health workers must go to the people: PM

Nima Wangdi | bumthang

With specialists in place at Wangdicholing Hospital in Bumthang, the disease profile is expected to change in Bumthang and catchment areas, mainly Trongsa as it is officially clubbed with Bumthang.

Dr. Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering told this to staff at Wangdicholing Hospital on July 20.

“You have to be able to detect diseases early,” he said. “We have more than 90 health personnel, five specialists serving 50% of the 17,000 inhabitants of Bumthang.

The Prime Minister said it should, in fact, be the best established healthcare facility in the world.

He said the way health officials think should change and they should go see people before they get sick. “District health officials and other officials should take the lead and appreciate this profession by raising awareness about diseases.”

Citing an example, he said there should be no deaths from cervical cancer as it is 100% preventable if we work that way.

Cervical cancer can be cured at many stages before it actually kills the person, according to Lyonchhen.

He said going through many stages of illness and losing our mothers and sisters to cervical cancer is the sheer failure of our health services. “Only countries with poor sanitation facilities have a high number of cervical cancers.”

He said it looked like kidney failure caused by so many unchecked infections. “Health workers should change the way we think.”

Lyonchhen said hospital staff should know the population of each gewog and basic health unit (BHU), as well as disease patterns in BHUs. “Health staff should visit them frequently as the four gewogs are a few hours away. It is one of the conveniently structured dzongkhags in the country.

He said if health officials went to villages and told people about the disease, people would appreciate their services. “Hospital staff should also meet once a week to stay informed on the national plan and local plans. Physicians should not be siloed either, but do more.

Lyonchhen said the services provided in BHUs should also improve.

He said that the main problem today is that people want to be paid DSA for one day as soon as they travel 10 kilometers and three traveling specialists will finish the whole DSA of the dzongkhag.

He urged medical professionals to travel to BHUs with a packed lunch in a pool vehicle to see patients.

Lyonchhen will meet with dzongkhag and thromde officials today.

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