Bhutan Observer
HM grants audience to earthquake relief unit members
Press Release/ROM, July 18, 2015

18 July 2015, Royal Banquet Hall: His Majesty The King granted an Audience over lunch to the members of the Bhutan Earthquake Relief Medical Unit, which set up and operated a medical camp for Nuwakot District of Nepal following the earthquake of April 25.

The team, consisting of Doctors, medical personnel, DeSuups, support staff from the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Body Guards, and the office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon, was led by His Majesty’s personal physician.

Upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, His Excellency Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay travelled to Nepal to personally offer condolences and support to the government of Nepal and presented 1 million USD as Bhutan's aid to the Prime Minister of Nepal, on April 27th. A 63 member relief team, set-up upon His Majesty's Command, to provide medical assistance to the victims of the earthquake, accompanied the Prime Minister.

The relief team was deployed to Trishuli, in Nuwakot district, were the hospital had come to a standstill due to extensive damages.

The team, which was completely self-sufficient, built a camp on a public ground near the damaged hospital, and treated over 2000 patients. A second group of 15, including doctors, medical staff, and DeSuups, joined the Unit on May 5.

The team returned in three groups, the final group returning after more than a month in Nepal, on 20th May.