Wen Giving funds the construction of first Eye Hospital in Thimpu, Bhutan

Wen Giving funds the construction of first Eye Hospital in Thimpu, Bhutan

With the inauguration of the Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck National Eye Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan now has its first eye hospital.

Under her patronage, Her Majesty the Royal Queen Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck inaugurated the hospital on 29 October 2019. The eye hospital has been technically and financially supported by the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) founded by Dr Ruit and Dr Tabin in Nepal/USA, with the hospital construction cost of 1.6 million USD being donated by Wen Giving Foundation, Australia. 

The primary objective of the hospital is to prevent, control and cure major causes of avoidable blindness and to make eye care services available to all citizens of Bhutan. It is expected to provide more specialized eye care services with in-patient and out-patient services, as well as surgical services within the facility.

The centre will house 16 beds in four Aseptic wards, a specialised Out-patient department (OPD), three operating theatres, and other amenities necessary to provide people-centric eye services.  There will also be a targeted mobile outreach programme to ensure eye services reach remote communities in Bhutan. 

The Health Minister, Dechen Wangmo noted in her inauguration speech that “This will be a place where we will build the capacity and competency of our health workers”. 

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