Leh, Ladakh: Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk of Department of Heath, CTA concluded his 4-day official visit to Leh, Ladakh as he participated in the function of 84th birthday celebration of H.H the Dalai Lama as the guest of Honor. The event was organized in collaboration with the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) and Chief Representative Office (CRO) at Phodrang Shiwae-Tsel, where Tibetans and locals took part in a huge number.
The celebration was attended by the Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Divisional Commissioner, Add. Deputy Commissioner, Taklung Matrul Rinpoche, Thugsey Rinpoche, President of All Ladakh Gonpa Association, President of LBA, TPiE member, representatives of Tibetan government and non-government organizations.
On behalf of CTA, Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk extended greetings to the general public and eminent personalities on the joyous occasion.
He iterated that the best gift that we can offer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama is unity, integrity, and brotherhood. With this, he urged everyone to pray for His Holiness’ long life and good health.
In honour of Kalon’s official visit, a large reception was hosted at the settlement office by local Tibetans, camp leaders, health staff, non-governmental organization. Chief Representative Officer gave welcome remarks which was followed by Kalon’s address. Health Kalon arrived in Leh on 3 July. He was warmly received by the chief representative officer and Health executive secretary at the airport.
Health Kalon also made a courtesy call to Mr. Gyal P. Wangyal, newly elected Chief Executive Counsellor of LAHDC and Shri. Swagat Biswas, Divisional Commissioner of Ladakh and Mr. P.T Kunzang, the newly elected President of Ladakh Buddhist Association. During the meeting, he expressed his appreciation for their continued support and guidance to the CRO. He also apprised the dignitaries about the need for their assistance in welfare works of Sonamling settlement.
On 4 July, Kalon attended the inaugural ceremony of newly built Jangthang ney-so Khang (Housing Service Centre for Jangthang People) at Camp no 1, Ladakh. The ceremony began with a prayer by a venerable Rinpoche, followed by scarf offering to the portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tibetan parliamentarian, Chief Representative Officer, heads of Institutes, Directors of TCV School and Men-Tsee-Khang, camp heads and heads of various NGOs attended.
In his address, Kalon explained that the prime purpose of this housing is to alleviate the burden of admitting sick residents of Jangthang to Leh hospital and to create a more convenient experience for the chronic patients in Leh. Nevertheless, he expressed his hopes and prayers for fewer health issues.
Kalon later had an extensive meeting with the Leh Nutrition project team (LNP) and he also visited all the Health project sites. LNP is a partner of TVHA based in Leh, who implements CTA, Health department’s projects aiming to enhance the wellbeing of Tibetan children and communities through WASH interventions in Ladakh.
Kalon paid a visit to Men-Tsee-Khang Cultural Centre, Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute. Chief Representative Officer, Health Executive Secretary, Men-tsee-Khang’s Director, all the practitioners and staffs of both allopathic and Traditional Men-tsee-Khang were gathered for the meeting. Following a brief speech by CRO, Health Kalon highlighted the significance of collaborating allopathic and traditional medicine as advised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and urged to strengthen the collaboration to alleviate health problems.
Health Kalon was accompanied by Project Officer Tenzin Tseyang.
-Filed by Department of Health, CTA