Thinley Namgay 

After more than 40 days of serving in various workplaces, more than 20,000 frontline workers reached their homes.

Of the total frontline workers, 7,500 are desuups.

Desuung’s director general, Tashi Tobgye, said that of the 7,500 desuups who volunteered during this lockdown, 2,500 were in Thimphu.

A desuup,  Chimi Wangmo, 29, from Thimphu said that 43 of them worked at the swimming pool complex to unload essential items during the lockdown. “Other 17 have worked at Changzamtog FCB.”

“It was tiring work, but all my friends have rendered full support as all have the same motive to serve the nation in such unprecedented times. We unloaded 400 metric tonnes of essential items,” she said.

Chimi and her friends have returned to their home on January 29.

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo posted on her Facebook  on January 30 that her team had left the command centre on January 29 after 41 days.

“While we packed our things, a singular certainty that echoes in our hearts was ‘how blessed we are to be a Bhutanese’ under the loving care of our Bodhisattva King,” Lyonpo wrote. “The greatest joy this morning for me is waking up next to my little one and the feeling that my son will continue to thrive because I am confident that being a Bhutanese somewhere every day my King is watching over him.”

Desuup Tshering Norbu from Trashigang said 40 of them did duty at Paro international airport for a month and reached Thimphu on January 29. “Before duty, 100 of us completed a month-long refresher course at Lobesa. Others were deployed in Thimphu.”

He graduated from the College of Language and Culture Studies in 2019 and completed the Desuung training in early 2020.