TYC converts its Rangzen guest house into dedicated COVID Care Centre

Gonpo Dhondup, the president of the TYC before the TYC’s Rangzen guest house, now a DCCC for Dharamsala Tibetans.

DHARAMSALA, 11 May: The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) on Tuesday converted its guest house into a Dedicated COVID Care Centre (DCCC) for Tibetans in the exile headquarters.

“We have converted our Rangzen guest house into a DCCC for Tibetans in Mcleod Ganj and its surrounding areas,” Gonpo Dhondup, the president of the TYC announced today as the TYC has collaborated with the Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO) here in Dharamsala.

TYC’s Rangzen guest house that has 20 rooms and 10 beds set up in its hall will now accommodate a total of 50 asymptomatic COVID-19 positive Tibetans who don’t need hospitalisation to isolate them as they nurse back to their health.

The TYC President said that the DCCC will provide “three days meal and tea twice a day, one in the morning at 11 o’clock and one in the afternoon at 4 o’clock.”

The Students for a Free Tibet-India (SFT) has provided thermometers and pulse oximeters for those who will stay at the DCCC to monitor their condition while the inmates will be cared for by the nurses of the TSO and the TYC round the clock.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 positive Tibetans can attain the facility by getting in touch with either the TYC or the TSO.

“The DCCC will open from Wednesday,” he concluded.

TSO Kunga Tsering thanked the TYC for dedicating their guesthouse as DCCC.

The TSO categorically asked those who will avail the facility to pay heed and abide by the guidelines available in every room at the centre.

With the second wave of the COVD-19 that is so severe, he further urged Tibetan in Dharamsala not to be negligent. “Even if you develop a slightest of symptoms, get tested rather than being negligent and staying at one’s own house. Otherwise, we can’t do anything.”

Last month, the COVID- 19 Task Force of the Central Tibetan Administration declared Dharamsala along with Delhi and Dekyiling Tibetan settlement in Dehradun as the worst-hit regions.

Apart from the TYC, other NGO’s and individuals from here have also chipped in to provide help and services for Tibetans in the region.

Last week, Lha Charitable Trust with funding support from the Norsang foundation contributed COVID kits for those isolated at home while SFT was also engaged with the same initiative.

Lama Lobsang, a Tibetan monk has been at the forefront for a long while now proving help to Tibetans affected by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, owing to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh, the entire state is under a “ten-day Corona curfew” from 7-16 May.

Himachal today reported 4,977 positive cases and 63 deaths with Kangra the worst-hit district in the state accounting for 21 of them.

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