The last stumbling block to the long awaited state of the art facility is at last removed
New Veterinary Hospital: The Thimphu city corporation (TCC) recently through Land Commission allotted a 30 decimal plot, just below the ministerial enclave, where the capital’s long awaited state of the art veterinary hospital will be built.
“Everything, including survey of land, is done and we have approved the livestock department’s construction plan,” city planner Ghaley Norbu said.
The construction of the new veterinary hospital has been delayed for several years, mainly because a plot could not be allotted.
The present veterinary hospital area, along with the old cottage-like hospital at Chubachu, which was built in 1961, measures about 80 decimals, and is to be designated as a green area, TCC officials said.
The new veterinary hospital, with full-service veterinary medical facilities, would be a five-storied building about the size of City Mall. The drawings for the hospital, on which livestock department spent about Nu 1M, will have sufficient rooms for operation and observation, laboratories, conference hall, open atrium, library and lifts.
“Veterinarians would provide 24 hours facility to treat broken bones, lacerations, accidental poisonings, strokes and other mishaps that can befall a pet,” a livestock official said, adding that the present hospital has only eight small rooms. “Excluding the administration office and store, only three are used for treating, operating and conducting lab tests of animals, and each of the three rooms has the capacity to treat only three pets each by a team of four doctors, working throughout the week in shifts.”
The veterinary hospital at Chubachu receives a minimum of eight cases everyday, mostly involving canines; and during summers, at least 15 cases everyday, with both dogs and cats increasingly showing up for anti-rabies doses, injury and poison treatments. Veterinarians also have to attend out-call cases of 20-30 a day.
The Nu 68M fund for the new hospital is provided under the 10th plan assistance from the government of India. Initially, city corporation officials were of the view that the veterinary hospital should be located away from the core town area, but agriculture ministry officials insisted such facilities should not be pushed away from the city premises.
City planners said that everyone wants to construct within the city limits, but their intention doesn’t fit into the overall fabric and, for the new hospital, the land at Motithang was the best they could provide.
“Rapid growth in Thimphu has led to the disappearance of animals like horses and cows, reducing the work of livestock department,” a private employee Pema, who owns a German Shepherd, said. “Keeping the large clientele of pet owners in mind, I expect the new hospital to help utilise the department’s manpower.”
At present, the animal hospital at Chubachu successfully caters to pet owners in the capital, and also acts as the region’s referral institution for pets with serious ailments around the country.
By Passang Norbu