Visiting Linda

My previous entry about Paro Airport’s security, prompted Linda Wangmo, a regular contributor, to cry out for help about a situation at our hospital. Listen to her!

Security security…….. Lucky our OL and other big shots do not have to spend a night in our hospital… The ward reminds me of a prison in one of the movies.. The G4s armies. They dont even let me share a simple meal with my ailing mom….

 

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  1. Bhutanese attitude: Self interest always overrides the interest of the general public at large for most Bhutanese people.

    There is always a rush at the cinema because everyone wants to get the ticket before others.
    There is always a rush at our hospitals because everyone wants to see the doctor before others.
    There is always a rush at our banks because everyone wants to do their business before others.
    Everyone son and daughter would like to share meals with their ailing parents in the hospitals but they do not understand what a mess it will create in the hospitals if they allow every son and daughter to share their meals with their ailing parents.
    Every relatives would like to visit their sick relatives every now but they do not understand what a chaos it will be if they allow every relatives to visit the patient every now and then.
    And so on and on….if want to change, we ought to change our attitudes first. As educated people we should be more “knowing” than those illiterates who will pick up fights and arguments with the staffs like barbarians who will never understand anything.

  2. Dremten Drukpa says:

    Hi Tangba, this is a charactersitic of the third worlders. Look at India, Nepal, North Korea, Afganistan, Somalia, etc. It is same case there.

    Now look at Japan, USA, Germany, etc. It is different.

  3. Linda wangmo says:

    Tangba I think our government instead of treating people like prisoners should educate people and put in more of a some sort of people who work in the same field to assist people. Do you think G4s armies with a stick in their hand in the hospital are good. Everything was all right in the previous hospital ward and there were hardly 2 security guard in the whole ward. What mattered to the people were the signboard outside the ward reminding people of visiting hours and people followed it. When there was more than one attendant with the patient, the nurses were so polite by saying only one would be allowed. They never was anyone checking the food brought to the patient, instead people even shared their food with the nurses. everything changed when the ward shifted to the new complex. do you think its okay, do you think g4s armies banging the bed of the patient is all right? The G4s armies at the bank are really doing a good job but would you really get pleased if your daughter or your wife being touched through the body and checking their bag by a male guard?????

  4. I do understand the sentiments of Linda. Perhaps having one simple meal with an ailing mother would in itself bring so much to the happiness to both of them. Given that we talk day and night about GNH it is important that we try and apply the concepts of happiness in every area of work including hospital management. Sometimes I doubt whether we are providing “service with a humane face”, which is the vision of the hospital. But looking from Tangba’s view is equally important too. I fully agree that we need to improve our attitude. Many tend to think that their work is more important than others. They think that only they have no time but others have ample time. I feel ashamed to see people pushing and stretching their hands from the back to the counter in the BOB. Where is our GNH applied. I think GNH should be applied in simple things like these cases. The respect for others. Considering that other people’s happiness is more important that ours. I think we talk a lot of GNH but in reality many people else are actually applying it. GNH is about balancing between material and spiritual needs to have a holistic and meaningful life but can be applied to simple things in life.

  5. It is quite true that we Bhutanese accord priority to self interest over anything else.

    I was in town near the main traffic after the office yesterday. I was quite taken back by the gut of this guy who parked his Santro car (without parking lights on) right at the Zebra crossing and even let in two of his friends while people were went to cross to either sides through the Zebra crossing at this peak hour. What astonished me even more was there were two traffic policemen who did not pay any heed to this parked car.

    This is the height of ignorance and more height of irritation of Bhutanese combined with attitudes and egocentricness!

  6. It is quite true that we Bhutanese accord priority to self interest over anything else.

    I was in town near the main traffic after the office yesterday. I was quite taken back by the gut of this guy who parked his Santro car (without parking lights on) right at the Zebra crossing and even let in two of his friends while people were waiting desperately to cross to either sides through the Zebra crossing at this peak hour. What astonished me even more was there were two traffic policemen who did not pay any heed to this parked car.

    This is the height of ignorance and more height of irritation of Bhutanese combined with attitudes and egocentricness!

  7. Charity begins at home! Let’s all, so called “educated or literate lot” start doing our fair share of work in setting examples and doing things right. Complaining may not serve to correct every other person. Start with oneself, today!

  8. I agree with Linda. Hospitals are service organizations and should be staffed with truly committed and generous people but I have often come across nurses and brothers who do not even care to talk politely to the patients. For instance, there was a receptionist at Chamber 15 whose name I heard is Tashi who used to go furious when patients approach her for registration and clarification. Sometimes I wonder what are such people paid for if they are not interested to serve the people in the hospitals. Moreover, allowing only one attendant to stay with the patients is not fair at all because some severely ill people would need at least two attendants to help them constantly. For instance, my wife had the caeserean last time and I was assured that there will be a lot of hospital staff to help her and only one attendant will be allowed. But while I had to be with the baby, there was only one man to bring her back from the Operation theatre and she was brought to the bed with difficulty dragging her here and there. So what I would suggest is, although the number of attendants is restricted in other times, there should be certain considerations in emergencies such as during surgery, because after all, rules are not made in heaven.

  9. Our people need to change their attitude.

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