Diocese of Miao rejoices at Mother Theresa’s Canonization – Dedicates its First Hospital to St. Mother Theresa of Kolkata
The Diocese of Miao, situated in the extreme north eastern corner of India, has planned to dedicate its first hospital to Bl. Mother Theresa of Kolkata.
“Mother Theresa and Mercy go hand in hand. We are very proud to say that the only place Mother Theresa visited is in our Diocese. After much difficulty, she visited Borduria village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh on August 2, 1993”, says Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB of Miao Diocese. The Diocese of Miao is so blessed to join the celebration of the Canonization Bl. Mother Theresa by honouring her with this first hospital of the Diocese.
To mark this honour, a special statue of St. Mother Theresa of Kolkata will be installed at the entrance to the hospital. “Mother Theresa being the embodiment of Mercy, we would like to honour her with this hospital”, said Bishop George.
Explaining the reason why he started this hospital, Bishop George says that the Tribals living in the remote Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh will not have to travel over a 100 km into neighbouring Assam for treatment as this medical facility will be a huge blessing for the people around Miao.
Being built by the Miao Catholic diocese, the two-storeyed hospital at Injan village will have around 25 beds to begin with.
“There is a lot of public demand for a hospital in the area as the nearest hospital is 120 km away in Assam’s Tinsukia. No other medical facility is functional nearby,” Bishop George said getting ready for the blessing of the hospital on 8 September, 2016.
Even though the hospital is not complete, and a lot of works still remains to be done, the Diocese plans to get it functioning from September to make it coincide with the Canonization of Mother Theresa. The Salesian prelate said the building of the Krick and Bourry Hospital is ready and they are scouting for funds to buy equipments.
Once ready, the hospital will have very basic facility for treatment of diseases like TB, malaria and jaundice which are common in this part of the north-eastern state.
“People die there not due to some complicated health conditions but because of very ordinary diseases which are curable. Due to geographical distance, no medical attention is available to patients when they need it,” the Bishop said.
Besides nurses from Kerala, they will have two doctors to be available 24/7 at the facility.
The Catholic Church also has plans to start a training centre for nurses for availability of manpower.
Also on the cards is a volunteer programme for youngsters who will be trained as village health workers.
“Their task will be to identify the sick and bring him under medical supervision,” the Bishop said.
The people of Borduria, the only place in Arunachal Pradesh, Bl. Mother visited, have also planned to have a very humble celebration to mark this event on 4 September 2016.