Residents of Kamji, about 25 kilometers away from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu, will have a new Grade II Basic Health Unit (BHU), according to decision reached during the Fourth Dzongkhag Tshogdu Thursday.
The construction works will begin by September this year. The issue for the need of a health center was raised by the Geling Gup, Phub Dorji, as Geling gewog is the only gewog in Chhukha that doesn’t have a health center.
Phub Dorji, during the meeting, informed other members that residents of Kamji have been experiencing difficulties in receiving health facilities, especially during emergencies.
More than 400 residents of the area either have to travel to Phuentsholing General Hospital or Gedu hospital for medical treatment, which takes more than an hour drive to reach these two hospitals, according to the Gup.
He added that the need for a health center is also felt as more than 1,000 students and staffs of Kamji Central School reside in Kamji.
“These children frequently get sick and there is no health facility around the vicinity for simple treatment,” he said. “It is also time consuming when having to travel to hospital during emergencies.”
A health center, if constructed, would benefit more than 2,000 people living in and around Kamji, besides also helping the employees of Druk Mining and the cardamom workers living nearby. The health center is also expected to benefit the travelers.
The Gup said accidents happen frequently on the national highway and having a health center would also cater to the travelers.
“Being a developing area, Kamji also has incoming population and new constructions happening,” Phub Dorji said.
The principal of Kamji Central School, Pema Rinchen, added that the need for a health center was also discussed with concerned agencies as the school has been facing issues in the absence of it.
“We have to take students to either Gedu or Phuentsholing which has financial implication to the school. The climate is unfavorable during summer and students frequently fall sick. The need of a health center is very necessary,” he said, adding that the common ailment among students was skin related diseases.
Dzongkhag Health Officer, Gopal Hingmang said the government has kept around Nu 2mn as budget for the health center construction.
Krishna Ghalley from Chhukha