𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟒, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏
The salang tendrel for the 65-bedded Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital in Mongar this morning was a tribute to Her Majesty, who showers love and care upon all of us, particularly women, children, and vulnerable sections of the society.
This time, it is Her Majesty’s gracious act to empower women and children through quality and equitable access to healthcare and services.
Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said it is unprecedented and an extraordinary gift, where the zimchung (royal guest house) is being converted into a super-specialty hospital.
“It is not just a hospital but one that takes care of human beings from day one of life,” he said. “What else can be better than being born in such a blessed facility?”
The new hospital would bring the subspecialty aspects of obstetrics and gynecological services out of Thimphu to all seven eastern districts, bestowing immense benefit to the rural folks who need not travel long, painful hours to the capital.
This will be the first hospital built on green and renewable concepts, while encompassing the patient-friendly, restorative ambience. Besides the infrastructure development, planning and procuring works for equipment and manpower are all underway.
“I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to Her Majesty for the personal delight to see the commencement of the project in my second home in the country,” prime minister, who spent almost four years in Mongar said.
He recalls the view of the present site as a gentle slope covered in pine trees, and had least expected the transformation.
“Our women and children suffer in want of basic services in this modern age, and this blessing from Her Majesty will touch thousands of lives for generations,” he said. “Once up and running, the only patients that will come out of the hospital will be those on referral outside the country.”