As most of us have been indoors fretting about our own families and supplies, thousands of brave Bhutanese in the form of Desuups, health workers, frontline workers and volunteers have been out in the hot summer sun protecting and serving us.
These heroes are ordinary fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, daughters, sons and siblings, all with families and familial responsibilities at home.
However, at a time as difficult as this, they have left behind all that to serve us and our families and the nation.
There are touching testimonies of children, parents and partners back home appreciating the bravery of their loved ones and their sacrifice for the country and asking them to stay safe.
While we are grateful to all who serve, special mention must be made of two categories.
The first is our brave health workers who wage a brave and daily war against COVID-19 from doing mass sample collection to testing to taking care of COVID-19 patients.
These heroes put themselves on the line day after day and operate in very tough conditions.
Imagine the heat and exhaustion of our medical teams in Phuentsholing collecting samples in several layers of PPE suits. Picture the risk and fear of testing cases knowing that one of them could be an active carrier.
The other group that must be mentioned here is our selfless Desuups who have been an absolute inspiration not only during this lockdown but the entire COVID-19 period.
They have been patrolling in the border areas from day one and have been deployed across the country to help enforce social distancing.
The lockdown would not have been possible without the heavy lifting being done by them from patrolling to delivering vegetables and essentials.
Unlike many of us who can go home after a day’s work, desuups cannot go home but have to stay in schools or other accommodation and make do with their own bedding and communal food.
We are also very grateful to the other frontline workers and also many volunteers who have come forward.
Above all, we are grateful to His Majesty The King who has inspired an entire nation and its people by his sheer leadership, selfless sacrifice and example.
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
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