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Virtual Wangdue annual Goempoi Dromche amid the pandemic

The Bhutanese Expression - 5 ore 30 min fa

Amid the pandemic, all religious events are conducted behind closed doors. But it is not depriving devotees to worship. For instance, in Wangdue Phodrang, the annual Goempoi Dromche was streamed online on Facebook this time. The four-day-long Dromche ended today.

Virtual Wangdue annual Goempoi Dromche amid the pandemic

Amid the pandemic, all religious events are conducted behind closed doors. But it is not depriving devotees to worship. For instance, in Wangdue Phodrang, the annual Goempoi Dromche was streamed online on Facebook this time. The four-day-long Dromche ended today.

Posted by BBS on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Changa Dorji

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Making a difference, how a woman helps her village with facemask supply

The Bhutanese Expression - 5 ore 36 min fa

Facemask has become a necessity amid the pandemic. But in some places, it is not easy to get facemasks. This is where Tashi Choden from Bangyuel under Dungmaed Gewog in Pema Gatshel is making a difference. She was trained a few years ago by the Tarayana Foundation.

Making a difference, how a woman helps her village with facemask supply

Facemask has become a necessity amid the pandemic. But in some places, it is not easy to get facemasks. This is where Tashi Choden from Bangyuel under Dungmaed Gewog in Pema Gatshel is making a difference. She was trained a few years ago by the Tarayana Foundation.

Posted by BBS on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Thinley Dorji

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Powering remote villages in Trongsa

The Bhutanese Expression - 5 ore 39 min fa

By next year, the remote villages of Phumzor, Kudrak, Ngadak, Samcholing Goenpa and Reotala in Trongsa will no longer have to live in the dark. The Bhutan Power Corporation committed to connecting these villages with electricity during the Dzongkhag Tshogdu last month. Almost all equipment is being assembled to electrify before the end of 2021.  

The villages were supposed to be electrified by this year-end. The government had allocated about Nu 17 M. But instead, the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) is helping fund the project.

“The budget which we received from JICA is a grant. And this way the government is saving some amount. So this is the reason why we postponed,” said Ugyen Thinley, the Sr. Manager with BPC in Trongsa.

Today, people in these villages have a tough time even to charge their cell phones.

“The people still depend on firewood to light homes and cook in these villages. And they frequently request us for power since they have a problem to charge their phone to remain informed and connected,” said Sonam Dendup, the Langthil Gup.

“It is disheartening to see some villages without electricity. Because we can’t see them struggling due to lack of such a facility when some are enjoying the benefit,” added Sangay Khandu, the Korphu Gup.

Villagers never thought that their houses situated in the mountains and remote places would be electrified. Today, this is creating such a relaxed and happy atmosphere for the villagers of some 36 households as they have always lived in darkness.

Passang

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Poor turnout at flu clinics

The Bhutanese Expression - 8 ore 13 min fa

Only around 61,000 people were screened at the 54 flu clinics across the country since March. Health Minister during the press conference yesterday informed that flu clinics are equipped with rapid antigen testing facilities that could detect positive cases but despite awareness, only a few people visit the flu clinic.

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said that sometimes only three people visit flu clinic in a day.

“Right now, we don’t even see 100 people visiting flu clinics. When we inquire positive cases, they say they had a headache, flu and cough but they haven’t visited the flu clinic. Health Ministry has provided facilities. So unlike in the past, we urge people to visit flu clinic as much as possible,” Lyonpo said.

With facilities in place, Health Minister said that if more symptomatic people visit flu clinics, the health officials need not have to conduct mass screening in the community.

“If 5 % of Thimphu’s population comes to the flu clinic and if all tested negative, that’s good confidence and we know that there is no community transmission. But if its 0.01% of the population that visits the clinic, it’s very hard, technically, to come to a conclusion,” Lyonpo added.

She also said for patients with serious flu-like symptoms or symptoms related to COVID-19, health officials visit the patient at home providing testing services.

Sangay Chezom

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