Staff Reporter  

Covering one of the remotest parts of the country, His Majesty’s Kidu mobile medical unit completed a 13-day medical camp in Soe and Lingzhi gewogs of Thimphu dzongkhag.

A team comprised of medical specialists, a surgeon, a gynecologist, a pediatrician, a pharmacist, and senior technicians providing dental, prosthodontic, ultrasound, ENT, eye, orthopaedic, and laboratory services visited the two highland gewogs between the end of September and October 13.

A total of 159 people availed the medical services during the three-day camp in Soe, of which 72 people availed the endoscopy service. In Lingzhi, 522 people received the services.

According to officials from the team, all H.pylori positive cases, identified through stool tests in patients above 4 years old, received endoscopy examination.

A medical specialist said that a mix of curative and screening services were provided to the residents, including students and open-air prisoners working at the Lingzhi Dzong renovation project. “Some of the common problems detected during the camp were peptic ulcer diseases, haemorrhoids, and refractive errors.”

A total of 31 patients were diagnosed with conditions that need further treatment at the Thimphu national referral hospital.

The medical specialist said the Kidu Medical Office is currently in the process of making appointments for the patients. “The people were happy to receive health services and are very grateful to His Majesty.”

Meanwhile, officials claimed this is the first time the Kidu mobile medical unit has conducted the camp for people living in the highlands.

Edited by Tashi Dema