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Dialysis patients instructed on fistula care

DSC_0063Nurses explain fistula care to kidney patients

JDWNRH: After being on dialysis twice a week for the last 11 years, Tashi Norbu, 32, recently learnt that it was not advisable to prick his wrist in the same place every time he got a dialysis.

A Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer, Satoko Tanikawa, said doing that would cause the skin to wear out and become weak.  She said there was a risk of germs entering the body.

The JICA volunteer nurse, along with three other nurses from the dialysis unit with the referral hospital in Thimphu, held an education program for about 15-dialysis patients’ fistula care at the patient guesthouse yesterday.


Shooting boulders kill one

Accident: A 45-year-old woman died on the way to hospital after she was hit by shooting stones in Yangmalashing chiwog in Decheling gewog on May 16.

The woman and her father were walking to Nganglam, about three hours walk away, when the incident occurred.

The village tshogpa said they started from home around 6:30am and the incident occurred around 8am near Bongbongla village.

The father, a lay monk, was on his way to his sister in law’s home for a ritual, and his daughter had accompanied him to attend to her sick aunt.


Armyworm infests paddy in Trongsa

IMG_5450The armyworm outbreak has threatened paddy in Trongsa

Outbreak also reported in Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Lhuentse and Gasa 

Pest: After the first infestation of armyworm in 2013, villagers and agriculture extension agents (AEA) in Trongsa are again battling another outbreak, as it crawls from Nubi and Tangsibi in the north to Langthel and Drakteng in the south.

The dzongkhag agriculture officer (DAO), Karma Tshewang, said that, save for Korphu gewog, the rest of the gewogs have all reported an outbreak of armyworm in paddy and maize fields.

The DAO, however, said that the infestation wasn’t as bad as 2013, when “everything” was lost to armyworms. “This year we were able to bring it under control,” Karma Tshewang said.


The proof of the pudding

On Friday, the Bank of Bhutan added yet another facility, as it keeps up with technology and the varying needs of its clients.

The two latest services, mobile banking and agency banking, like its many other services, will make banking friendlier and easier.  Without having to bunk office for a visit to the nearest branch, clients could pay bills from their mobile phones, check account balance, and apply for credit card.  This will also save time, as they need not wait in long queues to pay utility bills.


Layaps feel let down by farm road quality

Connectivity: The people of Laya are not happy with the farm road that connects Laya with Gasa.

Laya gup, Kinley Dorji, said that Layaps were particularly dissatisfied with the quality of the 26km road.

The gewog raised the issue of poor road quality at the fifth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), when the first 10km of the farm road was completed.

The dzongkhag said it would improve the road, especially the 800m stretch between Sapchasipchu and Etotshang, which has the major problem.


Sakteng seeks full access

20150511_140505An ongoing bridge construction at the Rangjung to Tharkthi stretch

The gewog wants the link, curtailed for ecotourism reasons, to be completed

GC Road: Save for Sakteng, almost all the gewogs in Trashigang have gewog centre (GC) roads.  With work on the truncated Merak GC road kicking off, highlanders of Sakteng are also demanding the same.

Today, the road connectivity to Sakteng is only until Tharkthi, which is about 38km from Rangjung.  From Tharkthi, it is about 14km to Sakteng.  The road was left midway to gain from eco-tourism through porter-pony services to the visitors.

Sakteng gup Tshewang Tshering said that the government policy only benefitted about 10 percent of villagers, who owned horses and mules.  The issue was raised a couple of times during dzongkhag tshogdus and to the works and human settlement minister.


Taking steps to extend S/J’s landfill’s life

IMG_8489Although the landfill was designed to last for 10 years, it is seemingly filled in 3 years

The lack of suitable equipment makes the facility look full before its time

Waste: Barely three years after Samdrupjongkhar thromde received its new landfill, the place designed to last a decade is today already filled to its capacity.

The landfill, built at a cost of Nu 6.1 million, occupies two acres of land and is located about two kilometres from the main town.  Everyday, two trucks dispose about three metric tonnes of waste.

However, thromde officials disagreed that the landfill has reached its capacity.  They attribute the lack of proper equipment and human resources for not being able to compress the waste with the mud in layers and segregate, which should be the norm for any landfill.


Graduates give ginger a go

20150308_122623Phuntsho, Sonam and Pema at work

In a rare reversal of the rural to urban migration, three educated youth return to the farm

Agriculture: Three university graduates, Phuntsho 30, Pema Namgay, 33 and Sonam Jamtsho, 29, have started a vegetable farm below the Sarpang-Gelephu highway.

They say that the number of people leaving for cities and towns is increasing year after year.  They want to use the empty spaces to grow vegetables.

Vegetable import is one of the leading causes of trade imbalance in the country.  Vegetable production in the country gradually increased after the country faced  a rupee shortage in 2012.


Six killed in Bolero mishap

Accident: Six people were killed on the spot after a Bolero pick up truck veered of the road and plunged about 1,000 feet into the Gamri River near Riju, Trashigang yesterday.

A lone woman who survived the accident was rushed to the hospital.


Picture story

The remote Resa village in Saling, Mongar was connected to the grid on May 15 to provide electricity to 52 households under the rural electrification project. HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck joined the people for the event and also visited Pema Samden Choling Lhakhang. Resa village is a nine km drive and an additional three-hour walk from Gyalpozhing. Once Mangling village in Broksar chiwog and Zangitsawa in Tshen Zibe chiwog get on the grid, all homes in Saling gewog would be electrified.