Adolescent Health Workshop for School Children

The Department of Health, Central Tibetan Administration organised a workshop on adolescent health for Tibetan students attending the leadership summit at the Lower TCV School.

The one-and-a-half-day long workshop came on the heels of the student leadership summit, which concluded yesterday. The health workshop was presided over by Health Kalon Dr. Tsering Wangchuk, Health Secretary Mr. Tsegyal Dranyi, Ms. Trinley Palmo and officials from the health department.

The 2nd edition of Rewa– a Sexual Health Education Book was launched on the occasion.

Addressing the students, Kalon Tsering Wangchuk talked about the changes that take place during early adolescence and how it affects a person’s entire life and encouraged the students to confide in their friends or their school health workers when they face any adolescent problems.

Kalon also spoke about the importance of sexual health particularly during adolescence and particularly on to sexual violence and molestations. And called for the need to sensitise these issues in schools and urged the students to open up about such occurrences to their family, teachers or peers.

Health Secretary Mr. Tsegyal Dranyi spoke about the overall importance of health and a healthy lifestyle. He also spoke about Sowa Rigpa, the traditional Tibetan medical science to boost physical and mental health.

The Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration was first established in 1981 to cater to the healthcare needs of the Tibetan refugees residing in India, Nepal and Bhutan. The Department is registered in the name of Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (TVHA). Currently, there are 7 hospitals, 4 Primary Health Centers and 43 clinics located in all the refugee settlements in India and Nepal with 174 medical staff and 68 administrative staff working under it.

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