Catholic Hospital Inaugurated In West Bengal
By C.M. Paul, SAR NEWS
MIDNAPORE, West Bengal, (SAR NEWS) – Marking the 125th anniversary of the erection of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, Coadjutor Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta blessed the newly constructed St. Joseph’s Hospital at Phulbari in West Midnapore in the presence of Archbishop Lucas Sircar of Calcutta and dignitaries, November 13.
Some 600 people took art in the events starting with the cutting of the ribbon by project sponsor and president of Liquidace Lepry (Leprosy Eradication) Dr. (Fr.) Elias Vojtech of Czech Republic along with director Haza Luvos and film-maker Dennis.
The two-storey St. Joseph’s Hospital, situated close to Vidyasagar University, is established “for the benefit of the local people of Midnapore irrespective of caste or creed in general and the poor and the lower middle class in particular,” said Dr. Tapas Francis Biswas from Kolkata who left his practice in Ireland and joined the hospital staff.
The project, under the direction of Seva Kendra Kolkata, the archdiocesan social service centre director Father Reginald Fernandes, has two wings. One entirely free section treats tuberculosis, leprosy and HIV-positive patients. The other paying section caters to general medical and general surgical patients.
There are 40 inpatient beds to begin with.
“There have been 905 fresh cases of leprosy reported in Midnapore district in the first five month of 2010,” said Father Fernandes reminding the well-wishers on the urgency of this 7-year-old hospital project in Midnapore.
The outpatient department facilities are served by regular visiting doctors.
The other features available at the hospital are: 24-hour emergency, ambulance, operation theatre and pharmacy services. Among added services at affordable prices from the hospital are laboratory (biochemistry / haematology / pathology) radiology, including ultrasonography.
To fight the acute shortage of trained and qualified nurses in Bengal, a nursing school for local girls is planned. Sister Lizy Sebastian of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour is the administrator.
Her plan is to make the hospital self-reliant and expand the services to other specialties like orthopaedics, paediatrics, gynaecology & obstetrics, ENT, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and psychiatry.
The Archdiocese of Calcutta also runs a Diagnostic Centre, a low-cost medical facility, at Sacred Heart Church Dharamtala premises on Lenin Sarani.