Patients happily visit Melung Clinic for the first time this week! The clinic was inaugurated on 14th October '19. Staff have worked incredibly hard to make the clinic operational. It is such a very short time since construction was completed, so we thank them most sincerely. It is great to know that 93 patients have already benefitted from having a medical Facility now in Melung.
Melung Clinic Inauguration 14th October '19
They came from homes across the mountain, happy groups, families young and old. At least three hundred people crammed the area of land around the new Melung Clinic, and when there was no more room people climbed to higher ground, behind the building, overlooking the ceremony.
Prayer flags fluttered in the wind and the sun even emerged, from late monsoon clouds, and bathed the newly painted pink walls with sunlight.
Happiness shone in all the faces, many had believed they would never see a medical facility in Melung. For so many years they had trudged the mountain tracks with sick and injured either in wicker baskets on their backs, or carrying stretchers. The nearest little town - a days trek away.
The Nestling Trust would like to thank SITARA, our partner NGO for the the great work they have done in liaising with the Local Development Committee in Melung, together and in coordination with the Nepal ministry of Health, we have succeeded in building and equipping a Health Clinic for the 5000 people who live in this remote area. We would also like to thank Bijendra and Subash, TNT directors in Nepal who work tirelessly to help improve the lives of the needy and marginalised people of Nepal.
Sue Hamblin TNT Chairperson, was delighted to meet the many school children who came to sing and dance at the joyful event, and also Hon. Parbat Gurung, MP for the Dolakha region, who inaugurated Melung Health Clinic and who bestowed a letter of honour, for TNT for the work they have done in the area.
Finally TNT would like to express their grateful thanks to all supporters who donated through the BigGive matchfunding event last Christmas. This is your achievement, without you there would not be a Health Clinic at Melung - thank you so much!
Work was delayed for a couple of months due to extreme monsoon weather causing flooding and landslides. In this area roads and tracks can be blocked for several days making it impossible to transport materials.
A team made from TNT and Sitara made the challenging journey from Kathmandu to Melung in November 2018. The area, population approximately 5000 - 6000 people, was found to be without any health facility. Villagers would have to trek many miles across harsh, rugged terrain carrying the sick, in order to reach medical help this, inevitably, would sometimes be too late to prevent a tragic outcome.
It was agreed that on land donated by a local resident, a Health Clinic would be constructed in coordination with the Ministry of Health. and that as well as medical care it would offer health education within the area.