Dharamshala: The weekly routine briefing of CTA’s COVID-19 task force was held today to review the latest status and measures underway in tackling the COVID-19 situation in Tibetan settlements in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk chaired the meeting which was attended by Education Secretary Karma Singey, Home Secretary Tsewang Dolma Shosur, Health Secretary Palden Dhondup, members of Task Force Committee.
Department of Education notified that the department succeeded in bringing 27 stranded Tibetan students from Baroda to their homes in India’s North East region, Arunachal Pradesh, and today 15 students of the stranded Baroda students will reach Dharamshala where they will be at the quarantine facility at Sherab Gatsel Lobling. Efforts are underway to bring home other stranded Tibetan students across the country. Earlier, the Department has brought 29 Tibetan students from Baroda to Dehradun.
The Department also briefed on the ongoing funding to the Tibetan students particularly the destitute ones during the crisis. The Department has been providing allowances worth 5000 to over 203 college students and Rs 2000 to students in schools. In addition to travel expenses, the department also provides an allowance for daily essentials. Under the Department of Education’s COVID-19 emergency relief, a sum of INR 13,71,000 has been disbursed to support 161 Tibetan college-going students who are stranded and in dire need of financial aid. The Department of Education has provided relief aid of INR 2000 to 178 school students belonging to a financially-disadvantaged home.
Meanwhile, there are a number of students that are still residing at school and college hostels. President Dr. Lobsang Sangay urged the Department to look after their needs and well being.
The Department of Health reported on the individuals quarantined at the Tibetan Reception Centre in Khanyara and expressed concern over quarantine space in case more Tibetans from outside enter Dharamshala. The committee decided to have outsiders quarantined at the facility for 14 days followed by home quarantine in order to curb spacing issues.
Amongst the many measures taken by the CTA COVID-19 Task Force Committee, the distribution of Sowa-Rigpa medicines is one fo the priorities in the In view of its holistic health benefits. It has already been discussed in all meetings held previously to initiate a large scale distribution of Tibetan medicines for the benefit of Tibetans worldwide, especially for those living in high-risk countries such as the US and Europe.
Therefore, President Dr. Sangay directed the Health Department to equally distribute the medicines to Tibetans abroad particularly the ones above 65 years of age and those working on the frontline. Once the postal services reopen, CTA will initiate the distribution.
On 21 May 2020, CTA will officially launch the COVID-19 Emergency Committee website where the viewers can find all the necessary information and measures taken by each distinctive department of CTA.