Holy Family Hospital celebrates diamond jubilee
Oct. 3, 2013
Holy Family hospital in New Delhi today celebrated its diamond jubilee with Indian vice president Hamid Ansari lauding the services of the Delhi archdiocese-run hospital. Ansari said a lot of foresight must have gone into selecting the place to start the hospital in Okhla, just a village 50 years ago. “The aim of reaching out to the less privileged is indeed very critical and invaluable service that you render to the poor to get good health which is something that cannot be weighed by money," he said. Ansari released a jubilee souvenir and recalled a personal story of his association with the hospital from way back in 1957 when he was a student at Aligarh and came to visit one of his schoolmates who was admitted.
Romanus Mbena, who represented Vatican ambassador Archbishop Salvatore Pennachhio in the function said, “healing ministry of the Church is a noble ministry." Hospital director Fr. George P.A, said that on Oct 3, 1953, the foundation stone of the hospital was laid by the then Vice-President of the country Sarvapally Radhakrishnan. Medical Mission sisters initially managed it. He said that the main objective of founding the hospital was to bring health facilities to the poor and the marginalized. Today, the hospital has 332 beds and plans to set up three 100-bed hospitals in the state of Haryana. He also announced the starting of a Holy Family Medical College to mark the occasion.
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