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Medical Care For All

The Sakya Center already has a small dispensary run by a permanent medical assistant and visited by a local doctor from the town twice a week. The clinic provides first aid medication and treats minor ailments. However, for all serious illnesses and pathology reports prescribed by the doctor, monks have to go to town which is not only time consuming but also very expensive, especially incase of inpatients admission and hospital bed charges. The annual expenditure of the Center on the medical care provided to its members is enormous.

To overcome this problem, the Center had decided to build its own small hospital. The hospital will have wards for inpatients, a dispensary and the necessary laboratory equipment and facilities for basic pathological tests. Besides providing treatment to the residents of the Center, it will also try to cater to the needs of the local people irrespective of religion, nationality, caste, etc.

The project was started thanks to the kind benevolence of Mr. Clemente Del Ponte of Switzerland who funded both the purchase and the building of the hospital. The work began last year and the building is almost in its final stages.  Although the main construction work is complete, all the medical equipment for the hospital and necessary furniture such as beds and tables are still required. Also needed are a doctor, nurses and other hospital staff who will provide care and service to the sick and ill.

The hospital is not only for the benefit of Sakya Center members but also for the members of other Sakya monastic schools and the general public including both Indian and Tibetans. Any material or financial help towards this project is most welcome and may be directed to The Director, Sakya Center, 187 Rajpur Road, Dehradun, U. P. India.