Access to healthcare services will be easier and more convenient for the people of Pangbisa chiwog in Lunyi Gewog in Paro soon. This is because works to complete the 10-bedded hospital in Pangbisa are in full swing. For years, the villagers have been travelling to the Paro hospital which is located about 10 kilometres away.
If the pandemic and extreme winter didn’t impede the work progress, the hospital would have been completed by this time. Currently, about 75 per cent of the work is completed. It includes the construction of the hospital, staff quarters and roads.
According to the site manager, the works were sub-contracted to expedite the progress. Today, 30 workers are carrying out work such as whitewashing the walls, roofing, and plastering.
Although the construction works will be completed by September this year, the services will be available by next year.
“Pangbisa is connected with a motorable road. Having a hospital will immensely benefit us,” said Tshering, a resident.
“It will be convenient for us as the hospital is located nearby,” said Chencho Dem, another resident.
Once operational, the hospital will provide laboratory services, eye, dental, ultrasound, X-ray and traditional medicine services. The Paro Dzongda said this will also avoid crowding at Paro hospital.
The hospital is being constructed at a cost of Nu 34 M under the Small Development Project Grants.
The hospital will be managed by about 25 health workers including a doctor.
Namgay Wangchuk, Paro
Edited by Tshering Zam