Dharamshala: The Department of Health (DoHe), CTA, hosted a Covid Task Force committee meeting on 24 December 2022.
Members of the committee who attended the meeting included Dawa Tsultrim, Secretary of DoHe; Jigme Namgyal, Secretary of Department of Education; Thupten Tsering, Director of Men-Tse-Khang; Dawa Phunkyi, Director of Delek Hospital; Dr Rigzin Sangmo, a senior physician from Men-Tse-Khang, Dr Namdol from Delek Hospital.
Dr Tsetan Dorji Sadhutsang, a private physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and senior doctor Tsewang Tamdin from Men-Tse-Khang, virtually participated in the session.
The meeting’s goal was to discuss the newly discovered COVID variant identified as Omicron Sub-Variant BF7, and the members also talked about methods to reduce the possibility of this variant spreading among Tibetans.
As COVID prevention measures become laxer over the world, the committee also talked about encouraging individuals to use masks, attempt to stay at home when experiencing COVID symptoms and get tested as soon as possible. They further discussed encouraging the VIPs and attendees of the upcoming His Holiness teachings in Gaya through the Department of Security to wear masks in particular. And to ensure that primary healthcare facilities in the settlements have oxygen concentrators.