Report from the Christian Mission Hospital, Rajshahi (27.11.14)
Report by Peter Ranjit Bala, Acting Director, Christian Mission Hospital, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
In poor countries like Bangladesh, large numbers of people continue to be deprived of health and education facilities. Many do not have two meals a day. To these vulnerable people, the Christian Mission Hospital is extending the love and care of our lord Jesus Christ.
We encourage resource-poor urban and rural communities to come to our hospital. We provide services for poor patients at a much-reduced cost, and most of the time for free, especially for the ultra poor, including the Santal community, who are the most vulnerable in the northern part of the country.
Founded in 1926, Christian Mission Hospital has an excellent reputation. This goodwill has been earned through the dedicated service of our doctors, nurses and staff.
The outpatient department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alongside general medical care, the hospital also offers specialisms is eye care, ear-nose-throat care, surgery, obstetric and gynecologic treatments, and an orthopaedic service.
The inpatient department has four private rooms and four wards (ie male, female, maternity and paediatric wards). It is open 24 hours a day, so patients can be admitted in emergencies at any time. Patients of all faiths are welcomed and treated with care.
The Nursing Institute of Christian Mission Hospital has been providing nursing training to rural poor male and female students since 1973. It provides the highest quality of education available in the country for nursing. It is really hard for students of small ethnic communities to access such education – and they would need to spend a huge amount of money to do so – so the institute is greatly appreciated.
After completing the three-year diploma training course, qualified nurses are able to serve their families, communities and country. Spiritual and moral development is one of our objectives. The students are in an environment in which they have opportunities to show compassion to the patients, which is unique.
The institute admits 20 students every year. The pass rate of this institution has been 100 per cent for the last few years (2009/13).
Primary Health Care (PHC) programme
The PHC programme deals with preventive aspects of health. Its activities include mobile clinics in rural villages, health education (especially to pregnant and nursing mothers, and primary and high school students), a vaccination program, breast-feeding promotion, a anti-tobacco campaigning, and annual health checks for school children. The program also provides counselling to young people on issues of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. PHC staff arrange mobile clinics and treat patients in their own villages, while also referring seriously-ill patients to the hospital.
Our patients have come to have high expectations of us. To maintain our quality of service, we are looking to improve the services we offer. We hope to improve our X-ray and laboratory facilities so we can provide a wider range of services.
Due to a lack of doctors in Bangladesh and local demand, our board of trustees and the synod of Church of Bangladesh have decided to establish a medical college, to be called Christian Medical College. It will be sited on the hospital campus and will help us to fulfil our mission of providing exceptional medical care. Income from the college will help us move towards self-sufficiency.
With a grateful heart, we acknowledge all the support, cooperation, love, care and prayer provided for the hospital.