A herd of elephants damaged a storehouse at Samdrupling Demkhong in Gelephu Thromde last night. The elephants ate two sacks of rice from the storehouse. However, there are no reports of casualties as forest officials and nearby residents chased the tuskers before they caused more damage.
Samdrupling demkhong is about three kilometres from Gelephu town.
This is the third incident of elephant attack on properties and humans in the last two months.
Tsamang Gewog in Monggar has been cut off from the rest of the places for the last four days following several roadblocks along the gewog centre road. Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain on Monday night washed away the gewog centre road in more than five different locations. The gewog administration carried out the clearing works by deploying machines since Tuesday but they could not complete it due to the occurrence of continuous landslides.
Non-communicable diseases continue to pose a growing burden on the healthcare system in the country. This is mainly due to unhealthy lifestyles and dietary habits which the public especially in rural areas are not aware of. The health ministry is now engaging the local leaders to educate the rural communities on public health.
Remote parts of the country are quite familiar with sluggish healthcare facilities, especially for childbirths and pregnancies. However, the services are now expected to improve through the Health Ministry’s initiative - "Reaching every pregnant woman with quality gynaecological and obstetric services". As part of the initiative, the district hospital in Gasa has started providing iCTG services to expectant mothers in the district.
“We feel neglected here. Looks like the residents of Phuentshogling are not considered humans. Phuentshogling is also a big town like Thimphu. All the good services and buses are made available only in Thimphu..."
His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, Representative of His Majesty The King and the President of Bhutan Olympic Committee, has formally inaugurated the Trans Bhutan Trail. The inauguration ceremony was held at the historic Simtokha Dzong, today. The trail spans 403 kilometres across the country through nine Dzongkhags, 27 Gewogs, and two national parks.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck attended the State Funeral of late former Prime Minister of Japan Abe Shinzo in Tokyo, Japan on September 27. Her Royal Highness is attending the State Funeral as the Representative of His Majesty The King.
For patients who are confined to bed and have limited mobility due to illness, disability, accident or old age, the distance from the bed to the toilet can be daunting. But portable toilets can come to their rescue. Led by a Civil Society Organisation called Bhutan Toilet Organisation, a resort owner in Paro donated 24 portable toilets to the District Health Office in Haa recently.