Teenager on the verge of giving up hope without medical care

Teenager-without-medical-careAn 18-year-old boy from Wamling village in Zhemgang, who is severely ill, is on the verge of giving up hope to live. Leki Dorji hasn’t been able to access medical care. He has been suffering from severe stomach ache and has been vomiting blood for last couple of months. “I don’t think I will survive,” he says.

Leki Dorji could not meet the doctor in Zhemgang’s Basic Health Unit (BHU). The Health Assistant on duty then referred him to Yebilaptsa hospital.

Our reporter, Pema Samdrup says, since the boy has never been outside his village, he couldn’t muster enough courage to travel to Yabilaptsha. He also had no money.

A local contractor had agreed to help Leki Dorji and take him to Yebilaptsa hospital. Before they could travel to Yebilaptsa, they found out there is no doctor in that hospital too.

The Dzongkhag Health officer, Sangay Tenzin, said both the doctors in Zhemgang and Yebilaptsha are out of station for some official work. They will only be back next week.

Leki Dorji is now planning to go back to his village taking with him some medicine the BHU has provided.

Anybody wishing to help the boy can contact our reporter, Pema Samdrup, in Zhemgang at 17838254.


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