Mangalore April 3rd: The Golden Jubilee Celebration of Concetta Hospital Kinnigoli was held on Wednesday, 2nd April 2008, at 5.00 p.m. at the Kinnigoli church grounds. Most Rev.Dr.Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore was the president and Rev. Sr.M.Jyothi B.S., the Superior General of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany, Rev. Sr.M.Inviolata B.S, the Provincial Superior of Mangalore Province, V. Rev. Fr.Alfred J. Pinto, Vicar Forane of Kinnigoli Deanery, Dr.M.Mohan Alva, President of Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodibidri and Smt. Umavathi, President of Grama Panchyat Kinnigoli were the guests of honour.
The President and the guests were welcomed with the sounds of cymbals and horns. Speaking on the occasion Bishop Aloysius Paul said that the main thrust of any Christian institution is to serve the society at large as Jesus Christ served. He called upon to have this motto in mind and to serve the needy. He also suggested the management to begin a general nursing school in order to help the poor girls who can not afford to go for courses like B.Sc. Nursing, and post graduation. Dr M. Mohan Alva in his address recognized the service rendered by the diocese in various areas like education, health care, and social service.
During the celebration the people who served the hospital for more than 20 years were felicitated. A fund to help the poor patients was established to mark the celebration. The celebrations ended with the cultural programme. A sound and light programme depicting the history of the growth of the hospital was presented beautifully.
Started by Fr. Jacob Lobo in 1958 to provide medical facilities for the people of Kinnigoli and the surrounding villages, the hospital has gown in size and stature.“The child was born. ‘Will it survive?’ was the question of many. By the hard work of Fr. Jacob Lobo and the labour of love of many a person of good will, the child grew up steadily and is currently at the threshold of its Golden Jubilee,” recalled the hospital administrator, Sr.Lelian, B. S.
In the beginning the Hospital comprised 12 beds. The Maternity Block with 6 beds was inaugurated in 1962. Today, the hospital has 75 beds and 24 Hour emergency facilities.
Due to the lack of transport facilities in the area, the need for mobile clinics was felt. Hence mobile clinic services were started in Neerude, Damaskatte, Niddodi, Balkunje & Kateel in 1971.
On 26.08.1986, the management of the hospital was handed over to the Bethany Congregation.
Nursing Aid Course was started in the year 1982. About 150 students have successfully completed the course and are employed here as well as other hospitals. There are 15 students in the current year.
Considering the need of preventive and promotive health, the hospital extended the health services to the community through the Community Health Project from the year 1995, which covers 25 neighbouring villages.
In 1987, a full-pledged Operation Theatre started functioning. Various types of surgeries are performed by efficient surgeons in the Theatre. During the year 2006 nearly 400 surgeries were performed.
In 1992, the Maternity Block was extended. In 1998 the maternity services were upgraded with ultrasound facilities. During the last year, i.e., 2006 nearly one thousand scans (obstetric & general) were performed. There is a gradual increase in the number of deliveries. In 2005 there were 460 deliveries and in 2006 the number increased to 520. A better fetal monitoring machine called NST Machine (non stress test) was donated by Dr. Ann Eline from Germany in the year 2005.
In the year 2002 new Emergency Block was built with modern emergency facilities. In the successive years the old building was renovated with additional Special Rooms and Semi Special Rooms, which attracts many more patients to the hospital.
Homeopathy Consultation has been made available for the patients twice a week by experts from Fr. Muller Homeopathy Medical College.
Through CBCI Health care and CODP, Concetta Hospital is actively involved in the detection of HIV/AIDS patients through VCTC Programme. The tests are conducted free of cost. In the past 1½ year 900 patients are tested for HIV/AIDS and 34 patients were detected to be positive. When HIV/AIDS patients are admitted to the hospital, they are treated without any discrimination.
The hospital has outpatient services, inpatient services (50 beds, 6 Special Rooms & 10 Semi Special Rooms, Male & Female General Wards), maternity services (16 beds) and 24- hour emergency services.
Besides, X-ray, ECG, Laboratory services, treatment for snake bites, Ultrasound Facility, Ambulance Service and immunization for neonates, infants & children.
The hospital attends to sick calls in the homes according to the need.
Specialists visit the hospital on a regular basis. Gynaecology, Paediatric, Orthopaedic, Medical, Surgical, Dermatology & Sonology are some of the specialist consultations available in the hospital.
Sr. Lelian took over as the first Bethany Director of the hospital in 1986. Since that time, till date she has been captaining the ship responsibly.
Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira