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Lama vouches for health care facilities for needy
Published on 9 Nov. 2009 11:24 PM IST
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The dream of the over 38,000-strong population of Tawang district for modern healthcare facilities was finally realised today with the inauguration of the OPD building of the super-speciality hospital by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. An atmosphere of spirituality prevailed when His Holiness sprinkled chaney (pieces of wheat) in the building chanting hymns. Many devotees gathered in the function, jumped to collect the chaney, which they believe to be sacred. Talking to the doctors and other hospital staff after inauguration of the hospital and consecration of a Buddha statue, His Holiness exhorted the health managers to provide proper health care facilities to the needy people. “Try to serve the needy irrespective of their caste and creed,’’ the Dalai Lama said, while urging them to ensure proper treatment to the poor. He said, patients usually came for treatment under compulsion and a doctor should think of it while treating him. “When you treat patients you are giving them a new lease of life. So be dedicated in your profession,’’ he said, while maintaining that the relation between patient and doctor should always be cordial. Stressing on the use of Ayurvedic and traditional Tibetan medicine for curing many chronic diseases, the Buddhist spiritual leader said that such medicines without any side effects were popular in many countries like the US and Europe. ‘’Many medical institutions in India and other countries are using such medicines for curing various chronic diseases and getting surprising results,’’ he said, adding many Chinese doctors were doing a course on traditional Tibetan medicines in Tibet. ‘’Look at my face. Is there any sign of ageing? The magic is because I take only traditional medicines,’’ he said in a lighter vein. Named after legendary Khando Dowa Sangmo (the holy mother of the Monpa community), the hospital upgraded from the existing district hospital houses all the modern healthcare facilities. ‘’During the construction of the hospital, no stone was left unturned to provide and utilise quality products. New concepts such as computerisation with networking was created and incorporated with the system for quality service delivery including equipment like X-ray, ECG, ultrasound and modern laboratory facilities besides a conference hall with audio-visual aids that has been established for continuous medical education and training,’’ disclosed Dr N Namshum, Medical Superintendent of the hospital. The staff strength of the hospital includes ten doctors and 24 nurses. The Dalai Lama had himself contributed Rs 20 lakh for construction of the hospital estimated to cost over Rs two crore. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu contributed Rs 90 lakh while local MLA Tsewang Dhondhup contributed an amount of Rs 1 crore and 20 lakh. Former Parliamentarians Kiren Rijiju, Nabum Rebia and other public leaders have also contributed towards construction of the hospital. A souvenir was also released on the occasion. After opening the Kahndo-Dowa Songma Tawang district hospital, he consecrated a Buddhist statue at its entrance. Later, he visited the Yid-Ta-G-Choezin ground where he planted saplings and also distributed some of them among the thousands of devotees assembled there. Addressing the devotees, the Dalai Lama asked the younger generation to join monasteries to carry forward Buddha’s message of peace. “Buddhist culture and tradition have to be preserved at every cost,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, State Chief Minister Dorjee Kandu urged the people to preserve the Buddhist culture in this part of the country, reported ANI. The Dalai Lama, who arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit, had criticised China for objecting to his trip to Arunachal Pradesh and expressed surprise over its claims to Tawang, a revered seat of Buddhism. The Tibetan spiritual leader is on a tour of this remote north-eastern state after a gap of six years. It also marks 50 years of his escape from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule there. The Nobel Laureate has characterised his “emotional” visit to Tawang, which has strong ties to Tibet, as non-political.

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