As the world is preparing for the Canonization of Bl. Mother Teresa of Kolkata next month, the Diocese of Miao, situated in the extreme north eastern corner of India, has planned to dedicate its first hospital to Bl. Mother Teresa of Kolkata. The hospital will be inaugurated on September 8, 2016 at Injan, Changlang District. Bl. Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4 by Pope Francis in the Vatican.
“Mother Teresa and Mercy go hand in hand. We are very proud to say that the only place Mother Teresa visited in our Diocese was 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 Teresa by honouring her with this first hospital of the Diocese.
To mark this honour, a special statue of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata will be installed at the entrance to the hospital. “Mother Teresa 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.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.
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.