The Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration convenes a two-day 7th health review meeting today.
Health Secretary Palden Dhondup inaugurated the meeting and the guests include sMenpa Tenzin Lhadon (personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama), Dawa Phunkyi (Chief Administrator of Delek hospital), Thupten Tsering (Director of Men-Tsee-Khang), and Jampa Phuntsok (Additional Secretary). Also in attendance were around 50 participants including representatives and physicians of Tibetan hospitals and clinics across 13 regions in India.
During this heath review meeting, Health Secretary explained the aspirations of the department to improve the health care of Tibetans in exile with an extended focus on the preventive measures and treatment against a prevalent rate of certain chronic diseases including a special focus on mitigating the challenges of mental health illness in the community.
“The purpose of meeting is to discuss the formulation of future health guidelines as well as forging an intact cooperation between hospitals and doctors in both public and private organisations”, said Secretary Palden.
Addressing the gathering virtually, Sikyong Penpa Tsering who is currently embarking on an official visit to Delhi said, “the administration at present is focused on prioritising prevention of challenges posed by covid-19. So, I urge the participants to forge a constructive discussion during these two days”.
In order to formulate guidelines for health and safety of Tibetans while improving the healthcare system, the department holds a health review meeting every two years. Today’s health review meeting is being held for two-day i.e from 14-15 July.