Vision * "A self reliant Dzongkhag co-existing in peace and harmony with enhanced socio-economic standards, rich natural resources and cultural heritage" * Mission * “To enhance rural livelihood with good local governance in line with culture and environment” * དམིགས་དོན་གཅོད་པ། * ཕན་བདེ་བརྟན་རྒྱས་ལྡན་པའི་ས་གནས་གཞུང་གིས་ལམ་སྲོལ་དང་རང་བཞིན་རྒྱུ་ཁུངས་གཉིས་དང་བསྟུན་གྲོང་གསེབ་འཚོ་བའི་ཐུན་རྐྱེན་གོང་འཕེལ་གཏང་ནི། * འཆར་སྣང་བསམ་གྲུབ་ལྗོངས་མཁར། * རྒྱུན་བརྟན་རང་འདྲོངས་ཅན་དང་ཞི་བདེ་མཐུན་བསྒྲིག་མཉམ་དུ་གནས་ཏེ་མི་སྡེ་དཔལ་འབྱོར་གྱི་གནས་ཚད་ཡར་འཕར་སོང་བའི་རང་བཞིན་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཀྱི་འབྱོར་པ་དང་ལམ་སྲོལ་རྒྱུད་བཟང་ལྡན་པའི་ལྗོངས་སུ་བསྒྲགས་ནི།

World AIDS Day


World AIDS Day was celebrated as always on 1st December, 2015 and was organized by Dzongkhag Health Sector and MSTF. The theme for this year was "Getting to Zero, Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero Aids Related Deaths". The event was attended by Dasho Dzongdag as the Chief Guest, Dasho Drangpon, Dasho SP, civil servants and business community.

The Chief Guest in his opening speech informed the importance of advocacy of HIV and AIDS. Dasho said the diesease is not something that was discovered new today, but is something that has been discussed over the years. Samdrup Jongkhar has the highest number of HIV patients in the 6 Eastern Dzongkhags, it must mean somewhere, somehow, we are still not able to inform the public properly.

Dasho also expressed that HIV knows no age, anybody can get the disease and medication can only prolong ones life. However still, HIV transmission from mother to child can be prevented.

Dr. Ugyen Wangdi of Samdrup Jongkhar General Hospital presented that there were 432 HIV positive patients detected till June, 2015 with Samdrup Jongkhar alone having 22 patients. The first HIV positive case in the country was detected in 1993. With 28 new cases detected from July till date, the total number of HIV positive cases stands at 460 today.


The Red Ribbon

  • It is an awareness ribbon
  • Internationally recognised as a symbol of the struggle around HIV/AIDS since 1991
  • The red color symbolizes blood, anger, passion, love.
  • The ribbon symbolizes care, concern, hope and support

Towards the end of the event, usage of condom was demonstrated by the Bhutan Telecom manager(volunteer), Mr. Dawa Gyeltshen(ADHO) and Mrs. Thinley Choden (HA, HISC). This was followed by blood screening for participants organized by Samdrup Jongkhar Hospital.

"Be responsible, be safe, use condoms."




Red Ribbon information courtesy:
Dr. Ugyen Wangdi

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