The people of Merak in Trashigang can now breathe a sigh of relief as they finally have a new primary healthcare centre. The centre, which was inaugurated recently in commemoration of the birth of Her Royal Highness the Princess, has been a long-awaited development for the community.
The construction of the healthcare centre began eight years ago, but due to various setbacks, it was not completed on time. Prior to the new centre, the people had to rely on an old facility that was in a state of disrepair. The old centre had developed cracks and posed a risk to both patients and health workers.
However, the new primary healthcare centre is spacious and well-equipped to cater to the needs of the community. It offers outpatient services, delivery rooms, minor nursing care, and emergency services, among others.
The residents of Merak are thrilled with the new facility. They are pleased with the separate delivery room, improved facilities, and increased convenience. The old centre was congested and lacked proper space.
The construction of the new centre faced delays and complications, leading to the termination of the contract with the contractor due to failure to complete on time. An investigation into fraudulent practices was also conducted, resulting in the contractor being ordered to restitute the money.
However, the district administration took matters into their own hands and completed the remaining works, such as electrification and plumbing, within a few months. The district administration allocated about Nu 2.45 million to finish the project, bringing the total expenditure for the new centre to Nu 9.6 million.
The Merak primary healthcare centre, now fully operational, will benefit approximately 260 households and around 2,300 people in the Gewog. The centre is staffed by a male and a female health worker.
– Original Article by Sonam Darjay, Trashigang