Health: The Thai Medical Friendship Mission to Bhutan in collaboration with the health ministry and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital is conducting head and neck cancer surgical camp at the referral hospital in Thimphu.

The camp began from February 1.

Camp coordinator from Thailand, Wanwipa Rosjan, said that the mobile medical team started their mission to Bhutan eight years ago. Since then, the volunteers treated more than 6,000 ENT (ear nose and throat) related infected patients in the country.

However, this is the first time the team is conducting head and neck cancer surgical camp in Bhutan.

“We were first invited by the former health minister in 2008 as there was acute shortage of ENT surgeons in the country,” Wanwipa Rosjan said. “When we were examining and treating ENT patients in Trashigang, Paro, Punakha and Wangdue, we found that our doctors are specialised in head and neck cancer treatments. So we decided to extend our mission.”

Head and neck cancer camp will end on February 5

The national referral hospital screened difficult and complicated head and neck cancer cases for the six Dutch specialists, who examined the cases on the first day of the camp. The specialists conducted surgeries on three cases as of yesterday afternoon.

Thai Friendship Medical Mission to Bhutan is made up of nine doctors, a nurse and two camp coordinators

The professors and ENT surgeons from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand will also be delivering lecture to the students of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) on neck mass on February 4.

The surgeons will talk about stepwise approach and treatment to a neck mass, skin cancer on the head and neck and thyroid neck mass, among others.

The lecture is open to public as well.

Rajavithi Hospital is the organiser of the camp. Thai Medical Friendship Mission to Bhutan coordinates the camp.

Dechen Tshomo


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