The Dy Chief Minister Chowna Mein today formally inaugurated the Krick and Bourry Memorial Hospital at Injan near Kharsang which is a first of its kind in the eastern belt of Arunachal Pradesh and the first initiative of Miao Diocese in the health care sector. On this occasion Minister for Education Honchun Ngandam, Minister for WRD, Geology and Mines and Food and Civil Supplies Kamlung Mosang were also present.
Speaking at the inaugural function Dy CM Mein lauded the efforts of the Catholic missions in rendering yeoman service especially in the education and health sectors. He recalled his long standing relation with the Don Bosco institute being a Bosconian himself. He said ‘ I cherish my relation with Don Bosco. It is the Don Bosco school where I studied which polished me to the person that I am today’. He termed the KBM Hospital being established by Miao Diocese as the greatest gift for Arunachal Pradesh while adding that he was proud to be a part of its inauguration. Mein also assured of extending governmental help for any such initiatives taken for people’s welfare. He also spoke about using modern technology and making innovations in governance as well as in private endeavours. On the drugs menace affecting particularly the eastern region of the state, Mein said it was high time all societies came out to say no to drugs. “There is a problem but we must all come out of the problem”, Mein said.
Minister Education Honchun Ngandam in his address took the opportunity to highlight the new plans and policies being considered by his department. He expressed the need to overhaul the education system of the state in order to meet the expectations.
Kamlung Mosang in his speech said that every body wants almost everything in life except sickness. In order to get rid of sickness hospitals were the solution and the opening of a private hospital in the area was a blessing for the people of Miao Sub-Division in particular and adjoining districts in general. After the completion of the Trans Arunachal Highway other nearby districts will be able to avail the services of the hospital. Mosang added that the hospital was a boon to the poor people in particular as it will drastically save time and money to avail treatment at the KBM Hospital.
Rt. Rev. George Pallapparimbil SDB, Bishop of Miao Diocese gave a brief account of Father Krick and Father Bourry who were killed in Arunachal Pradesh while on their way to Tibet in 1852. As per records Father Krick, before his death had treated an injured person and that was the first instance of health service by a Catholic mission in this part of the state and thus aptly the first hospital under the diocese was being named in their memory. ‘If a man is sick, hungry and illiterate then there is no meaning to life and thus Miao Diocese is doing its part in eradicating the three said the Bishop. He also informed that the diocese is envisaging of opening a drugs de-addiction centre very shortly as an extension of the KBM Hospital.
The hospital was built in a span of five years. The Sacred Heart sisters from Kerala are running the hospital which has facilities for all kinds of blood tests, x-Ray and an ambulance. The building is divided into OPD, Tests, Emergency and Wards. As of now all the staffs are experienced hands and will render 24×7 service to the needy. Dr. Rostom, Gynaecologist with years of experience is the in charge of the hospital.
Secretary Education, Bidol Tayang, Director Elementary Education, T.Gao, State Project Director SSA , SP Changlang Amit Kr .Sharma, D.C. in charge N. Wangjen, Taw Tabin President Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association, local administrative officers, heads of departments, public leaders, fathers, brothers, sisters of the church and students were present during the function. Cultural presentation and band display by schools were the other highlights of the function.