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Nun gives high altitude healthcare to Tibetans

08-08-2013 13:54 BJT Special Report: Inside Tibet |

Getting ill while living at high altitudes can be fatal, with a harsh environment and little access to modern healthcare. CCTV reporter Zhang Nini has been to meet one Buddhist nun, working at the foot of Mount Qomolangma who’s doing all she can to treat local villagers.

Buddhist doctrines instruct followers to cure pain. Tshangjor follows the doctrine in everything she does. For the past 14 years, she’s been a savior to local villagers

"It’s nice to have a doctor around. Whenever I feel sick, I make a call, and she comes," villager Ngawang Choezom said.

After finding normal temperature, and blood pressure, Tshangjor reassures the patient and heads back to her modest home.

The Buddhist nun studied traditional Chinese medicine in Lhasa for five years in the 1990s. She began practicing in 1999.

Eventually she made her way high up to the Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest temple and settled here.

These sheets of paper show the medicine Tshangjor has brought over the years for her patients. Here is a stock of medicines mainly for diarrhea and colds, common illnesses for people living at high altitude.

"The Monastery helped me buy the first batch of medicine. Then I charge a small amount for treatment and use the money to refill my stock. For poor people, the service is free," Tshangjor said.

Tshangjor is also a Pandeba, Tibetan for "workers who benefit the village". The program started in 1994, and has expanded to include raising environmental awareness and healthcare.

"The program aims to help others. I’ve benefited from its training and am proud to be a member," Tshangjor said.

Medical services aside, Tshangjor spends the rest of her time reciting prayers. Understanding of these scriptures enables her to carry on and offer help to those in need.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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