Arunachal Pradesh gets first Christian Hospital


The State of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern part of India was blessed with the first Christian Hospital at Injan in Changlang District on 12 October 2016.

Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri. Chowna Mein, was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the KBM Hospital Injan, dedicated to the memory of two French Missionaries, Frs. Krick and Bourry, who were killed on their way to Tibet, in Somme village near Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh in 1854. Shri. Honchun Ngandam, Minister for Education was the Guest of Honour and local legislator cum Minister for WRD, Geology & Mining and Food & Civil Supplies, Shri. Kamlun Mosang presided over the event.

Speaking at the inaugural function, the Deputy CM, lauded the contribution of Catholic missionaries to the State of Arunachal, especially in the field of education and healthcare. “I am a Bosconian myself”, said the DCM, “I have a very fond memory of my life with Catholic missionaries. It is the Don Bosco School where I studied that polished me to be the person I am today”. He termed the KBM Hospital established by Miao Diocese as the greatest gift to Arunachal Pradesh while adding that he was very proud to be a part of its inauguration. Mein also assured of extending all possible help from the Government to make this hospital truly a blessing for all in this part of Arunachal Pradesh.

Touching the issue of drug menace affecting people especially in the eastern part of the State, Mein said that it was high time that all sections of the society joined hands together and say no to drugs.

Education Minister too in his address highlighted the contribution of Christian missionaries to the State in the field of education. He also used the opportunity to highlight the various new plans and policies in the pipeline to change dismal education scenario in the state.

Shri. Kamlung Mosang noted in his speech that “Arunachal Pradesh is known as the land of the rising Sun. But the light of development so far has not reached here.” Acknowledging the significant contribution of Catholic Missionaries to Arunachal in the field of education and healthcare, he said this first Christian hospital is a big blessing to the people in Changlang District. “What is spent for the taxi fare to reach the hospital in Assam can be used for a good and effective treatment from experienced Doctors and nurses here in this hospital”, he said.

Bishop George of Miao Diocese and the Patron of the KBM Hospital gave a brief account of Fathers Krick and Bourry. As per the records, Fr. Krcik had treated an injured person and that was the first instance of healthcare by the catholic mission in Arunachal Pradesh. Quoting St. Irenaeus, a second century Saint, he said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” If person if ill or illiterate, God will not be happy, he opined. He also added that poverty has no religion, sickness has no religion, and hunger has no religion. “Let us join our hands to eradicate these from our society to make man fully alive for the glory of God”, he said.

The presence of the Secretary of Education Bidol Tayeng, Director Elementary Education, T. Gao, Director Elementary Education, Opak Gao, State Project Director Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyan, Mr. Amit Kumar Sharma, SP Changlang, Deputy Commissioner (Incharge) Changlang W. Wangjen, Mr. Taw Tabin, President, Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association, and a host of other dignitaries at the function made the historical inauguration of the first Christian hospital in Arunachal Pradesh more eventful.

The hospital was in the making for the last five years. It has facilities for all kinds of blood tests, and basic diagnosis and treatments. The building is divided into OPD, Tests, emergency and wards. The staff at the moment is very experienced and committed to render round the clock service to the needy. Dr. Rosetom is a Gynecologist with a many years of working will lead the team of staff.

It is still in the setting up mode, with need for more equipments and tools required to meet the healthcare needs of the people in eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. One hopes that the Government will support the hospital to make healthcare facility easily available to the people in this part of our country.