Dharamshala: Under the leadership of the Coordinator’s Office for Tibetans in Nepal, the Tibetan Settlement Officers have initiated timely preventive measures at their respective settlements. In March, COVID-19 Nepal Tibetan Response Group (CNTRP) was formed with a view to promoting uniformity, effectiveness, and efficiency in prevention efforts. This group consists of Tibetan Representative of Nepal as its chairman and all the Tibetan Settlement Officers and concerned staff of the Snow Lion Foundation as its members.
Since its first virtual meeting on March 25, 2020, CNTRP held 21 virtual meetings every Wednesday up till now. Members report their weekly prevention works and discussed the challenges and difficulties they faced in their work, and also discussed and formulated new programs and guidelines necessary for the future.
On July 29, 2020, at the invitation of Nepal Coordinator Mr. Tsultrim Gyatso, Chairman of CNTRP, Home Kalon Mr. Sonam Topgyal Kholatsang addressed the 21st virtual meeting of the CNTRP.
In his address, Home Kalon reminded the members of how COVID-19 first originated in China’s Wuhan city under mysterious circumstances and how the world outside failed to sense the danger posing from China and how the subsequent lockdown was imposed.
He remarked on the exponential increase in COVID-19 cases post lockdown phase of June and July. While a vaccine for the disease is yet to be developed, he urged the members to follow the necessary preventive measures punctiliously.
He thanked the concerted efforts of the Central Tibetan Administration and each respective Tibetan Settlement Offices and assured CTA’s continued support and service to the community in these challenging times. He urged the respective settlement office to prioritize the welfare of needy and destitute and to ensure that they are not left unattended.
Home Kalon concluded his address with appreciation and praise to the frontline medical staff and volunteers fighting the pandemic.
-Filed by the Department of Home