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Health workers attend training

May 30, 2011

Last week, village health workers from the 15 geogs in Samtse attended a short training on how to treat minor diseases like common cold, diarrhea, and dysentery.

The village health workers are lifesavers in rural Bhutan where there isn’t even a basic health unit. They treat minor ailments, provide advice and counseling and refer patients to basic health units or hospitals.

They have had no formal training. Many did not even make through high school. Their devotion however is unmatched.

Purna Bhadur Rai has been working as the Village Health Worker in Lepchagoan, Dorokha for the last 22 years.

Like his colleagues, he does not get paid. His only reward is the gratitude of his patients and the satisfaction of a job well done.

“In the past, we encouraged people to construct toilets, speaking to them on the importance of sanitation.”

Chenzom is from Hangay village, a malaria prone area. “I go from house to house, explaining how mosquitoes breed in dirty environment and how keeping your environment clean is important for preventing malaria.”

Purna and Chenzom also talk to people on the importance of immunization, of expectant mothers visiting health centers for regular checkups, family planning, child care, safe sex and HIV/aids. And so doing they are saving lives, every day.

More than 90 village health workers attended the workshop.

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