Dharamshala: Sikyong Penpa Tsering is today chairing a special program to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of Delek Hospital and to honor His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Personal Physician and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tsetan Sadutsang, after 40 years of hospital service.
Sikyong was joined by President Ven. Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament, Vice President Dolma Tsering, Justice Commissioners Karma Dadul and Tenzin Lungtok, Security Kalon Gyari Dolma, Secretaries and Senior Officials of Departments and Autonomous Organs, and Delek Hospital Staff .
In his address, Sikyong Penpa Tsering highlighted the arduous task of establishing the hospital in its early years, when the Tibetan community was still in the early days of building roads and clearing forests to install. In accordance with the medical needs of the time, the primary health care center was established and successive administrators ran the hospital. Sikyong credited the combined efforts of each staff member for the hospital’s success. Hailing Dr. Tsetan’s determination to return to India to serve the community, Sikyong stressed that individual determination was crucial in serving the public. Likewise, he called the medical profession most important because it relieves disease and suffering, one of the most difficult parts of life. Moreover, he thanked the donors without whom the hospital could not function.
President Ven Sonam Tenphel praised the progress made by the hospital over the past fifty years thanks to the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He stressed the importance of compassion in patient care as hospitals have become more of a business enterprise. In light of this, he called on healthcare workers to inculcate compassion in treatment according to the wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Chief Administrator Dawa Phunkyi of Delek Hospital shared the report of the outreach activities of the hospital in addition to their daily running.
The history of the hospital entitled “50 years of contribution to science and health” was inaugurated on the occasion, followed by congratulations from Dr. Tsetan and some of the long-time staff of the hospital.