Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

Autsho Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Lhuentse would be upgraded to a 10-bedded hospital by June this year.

The hospital construction that began in 2020 is scheduled to complete by June this year.

The hospital construction was supposed to complete by this month, but it got delayed because of the pandemic.

As of now, more than 70 percent of the work has been completed.

The PHC was established in 2000 and there are four staff as of now.

When upgraded to a hospital, a doctor and additional staff are expected to be deployed to provide standard services like X-ray, ultrasound, ophthalmic and oral health services.

The need for the hospital was discussed and resolved in the last dzongkhag tshogdu.

Local residents welcomed the news.

Autsho resident, Zangmo, said they would no longer have to go all the way to Mongar regional hospital for services like X-ray once the X-ray machines are installed. “It would save our expenses and time.”

The new hospital is being constructed at the cost of Nu 40 million. It would also benefit residents of Tsakaling and Tsamang gewogs in Mongar.

Autsho is located about 37 kilometres towards Lhuentse from Mongar and about 40 kilometres from Lhuentse dzong.