Free Medical Camp at Changtang Shayok, Ladakh.
Men-Tsee-Khang Cultural centre and 16th battalion I.T.B.P (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) jointly organized a free medical camp on 18 January, 2017 at Changtang Shayok which is located 150 km away from Leh, Ladakh. The free medical camp was initiated under the CAPS (Civic Action Plan) which focused on providing free health care service of allopathic medicine and traditional Tibetan medicine to the locals who reside in remote areas at the border of Ladakh.
On 18 January, 5th battalion I.T.B.P who were stationed at the Shayok post arranged the medical camp. At the camp, Dr. Thinlay Namgyal and Mr. Karma Tsering from Men-Tsee-Khang team joined by the ITBP medical team consisting of Dr. Pawan Gupta assisted by pharmacists Mr. Anub Sahu and Mr. Krishna Kumar. Free allopathic and Tibetan traditional medicine were distributed to the people. Around 45 patients received health care services amounting to Rs. 6680. Most of these patients suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart weakness and lower back pain related with kidney and nerve problem. The local people have long culture of consuming dry cheese and roasted barley resulting in acid reflux disease, gastritis and constipation which is major concern among old age patients. Due to high altitude and cold climate, consumption of animal meat is common among them which led to high blood pressure and high lipid in blood. Hypotension, malnutrition and anemic deficiency diseases were also found in many of the pregnant women and children due to lack of nutritious food.
The locals were thankful to Men-Tsee-Khang and I.T.B.P force for providing free medical camp and appreciated all the selfless service rendered by them which helped many locals to get medical needs. They were presented with white scarves by the locals. The free health camp was covered by I.T.B.P media.