Aizawl Adventist Hospital
|Aizawl Adventist Hospital|
|Seventh-day Adventist Church|
|Hospital type||Christian, Not-for-profit|
|Founded||February 27, 1996|
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Aizawl Adventist Hospital is a general hospital with registered capacity of 40 beds situated in Aizawl, Mizoram. The hospital is widely known among Mizo people as "Seventh day Hospital". It is owned and operated by the Christian Medical Foundation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and is a part of global Adventist healthcare network.
Aizawl Adventist Hospital is located on the slopes of Nisarih Tlang (which in Mizo means Seventh-day Hill), which is close to Vaivakawn in Aizawl, which is the capital city of Mizoram. Nisarih Tlang is also home to the Mizo Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the Helen Lowry School, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church which is at the top of this hill.
Now the hospital is under the leadership of Dr.Eileen Lalrinpui who is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. Dr.Denyl Avinash Joshua and his wife Dr.Dorothy Mary Joshua are currently the paediatrians. Dr.Joseph Parakka is serving as the Neurodevelopment physician. Dr.Peka and Dr.Sam Gnanaraj are serving as chief medical officers.
The building construction for the Aizawl Adventist Hospital began in August 1986. The construction was financed by ADRA (Adventist Development & Relief Agency) International, ADRA Canada, government of Mizoram and the Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists. But the hospital could not start functioning because of lack of trained Medical personnel. A renewed attempt by the Southern Asia Division was made in 1995 when a study commission under the chairmanship of Pastor J.M Campbell went to Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. The report of this commission was a landmark document which showed the feasibility of running a hospital in Aizawl.
In August 1995, B Narendra Rao, a physician, and his wife Daisy Rani Rao, an ophthalmologist arrived in Aizawl along with their children. He was to be the first medical director of the hospital. The hospital building which was in a state of disrepair had to be renovated and remodeled. This work, along with ordering equipment and furniture took about 5 months to complete. During this period, the Raos' began the medical work on an outpatient basis at their residence. Language was one of the biggest barriers that they faced, but they used translators to communicate with their patients.
On February 27, 1996 Aizawl Adventist Hospital was inaugurated opened in the presence of Dr. Martin Feldbush, Associate Director for Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and other dignitaries from the Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists, the Northeast India Union, Central India Union and Northern India Union of Seventh-day Adventists. Also present were community leaders, church leaders and members from the neighboring locality. The Government of Mizoram was represented by the Chief Guest, Shri J. Lalsangzuala, the honorable Minister for Finance and Home Affairs. Shri C. Chawngkunga, Minister for Health was also present. Dr B Narendra Rao, the medical director gave a report on various factors that led to the establishment of the hospital. He thanked the various donors and well-wishers of the Aizawl Adventist Hospital. The notable Mizo Adventist singer, Mrs Vanhlupuii also presented a beautiful song for the glory of God. It was the first hospital run by the church in the North-East India Union of Seventh-day Adventists.
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