Although there is a very limited stock of time for me these days to tend the garden of my blog and in the process walk into the blogging meadow to graze over those green fodders that supplements an educational and literary nutrition by different bloggers, not doing either, makes me almost mentally uncomfortable.
At this season of my study routine, I am busy bulldozing academic journals to excavate and gather the bricks of relevant literature to construct my thesis. But at times, some inflammatory and informatory articles that keeps floating on the web undeniably appetizes me to weave some posts for my blog.
One of such kind that forced me to squeeze my time is about a condom in Venezuela that costs more than an iPhone. Reports claim that owing to its economic shrinkage, a consequent repercussions have vibrated into the plains of country’s health plunging into a sea of crisis. The worst thing is that now a 36-pack of Trojan condoms costs $750. In a South American nation that sustains with high number of STDs and teenage pregnancies, Venezuela is fearful of pushing the country backward in terms of countering this health issue.
|36-pack Trojan condom Picture courtesy: Click LINK|
As I was drenched with the thoughts related to this scenario, the picture of my country Bhutan appeared into my mind. A nation with a populace of just 700,000 is so lucky to have free healthcare and basic education. Thanks to our farsighted, legendary and benevolent monarchs.
And more than that, it has been enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan that every individuals have a right to avail free medical amenities and basic schooling. Medical commodities like male contraceptives (condom) are largely available and freely distributed from any dispensary in our country with a noble vision to prevent STDs and HIV/AIDS. We have a story of Mr. Tshewang Nidup popularly known as ‘Condom Man’ that surfaced on the front pages of international newspapers for distributing condoms to drivers and bartenders. Most significantly, Her Majesty the Queen mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck in her capacity as the UNFPA Goodwill ambassador works tirelessly with the local communities to prevent and promote the reproductive health issues and teenage pregnancy. During such advocacy programs it is always followed by dispensing free male contraceptives to encourage safe sex practices. Now that Health is one of the 9 domains of Gross National Happiness, it is always on the list of priority no matter what and which government comes into power. So as a bona fide citizen, realizing such medical freedom and comfort, I always feel so lucky to have born in this beautiful Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom.
Bhutan truly is where happiness is a place.
“Things only have the value that we give them”- Moliere