A new Ambulance has been handed over to BAKDIL run Gabil PHC under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund scheme. Shri Ponseng R Marak, Local MLA Bajengdoba  Constituency and Chairman of Grievances Committee handed over the ambulance key to Fr. Sunny Joseph Mavelil, Director BAKDIL in presence of Smt. Ripamchi N Sangma, BDO Bajengdoba Block, Dr. Sombari Boro, DM&HO North Garo Hills, Dr. Rejia Sangma, Immunization Officer, Shri Aldo Sangma, Vice-Chairman of Grievances Committee and other officers and the general public on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

Two Ambulances had been sanctioned to North Garo Hills Under this CMRF scheme, one ambulance each for Gabil and Karkutta PHC. Recently two ambulances were also been distributed in Ri Bhoi districts under this CMRF scheme.

Gabil PHC was one of the most neglected PHC in Garo Hills, without having sufficient staff and proper health facilities. After when BAKDIL took up the maintenance of this hospital, and with repeated action and continued health programs in villages this PHC could achieve 93% health service deliveries in overall parameters. A total of 105,357 patients have been registered in the OPD and IPD registers during the 11 years of service and 1,346 mothers have given birth to their offsprings in the PHC itself.

While giving a speech, Fr. Sunny Joseph Mavelil, Director BAKDIL, recalled the struggles they faced at an early stage. He said that people we not cooperating and they were not coming to the hospital to get the treatment. He also mentioned that the PHC itself was more like an animal grazing field with no boundary wall and the compound covered with thick grass. He also expressed his gratitude to CM Shri Conrad K Sangma for sanctioning this ambulance.

“During the 11 years of maintenance, we could build the boundary wall and with the help of the dedicated staff we could bring down the maternal mortality rate to 0%”, Fr Sunny acclaimed. “Before 2009 there were at least 7 deaths in each of 21 villages in a year but now as per the last year’s data there were only 13 home deaths reported in the PHC and zero death in PHC itself”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion Smt. Ripamchi N Sangma said that there are still many villages that do not have proper road connectivity and can only be traveled with motorbikes or on the vehicle with four-wheel gear, but, this PHC is performing very well and could bring down the maternal mortality rate of Gabil area. She also clarified that the new ambulance does not have the four-wheel gear and it might not be helpful for the people where there are no proper roads. However, she assured the people that once they reach the PHC by any means, then with this ambulance they can be transferred to bigger hospitals in Tura, Goalpara, or even Guwahati to have better health facilities.

“A total of 21 villages under the GS circle of this PHC and there are hundreds and thousands of people coming to this hospital to get the health services from nearby villages from Songsak Block and even from West Garo Hills District,” Mrs. Sangma added to her speech. She thanked Sister Sushma, Manager of Gabil PHC, and her team for putting their 100% effort to provide proper health services to the people of Garo Hills. She also urged the people of Gabil to cooperate with the hospital management team and to use maximum health facilities provided in the primary health center.

Chief Guest Shri Ponseng R Marak expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister of the State for giving the ambulance to Bajengdoba Constituency. He said that CM Shri Conrad Sangma had consulted with him and asked him to identify the most backward hospital where there’s a need for an ambulance under his constituency and he gave the name of Gabil PHC noting that this is one of the most backward PHC in his area. He also acknowledges that the PHC manager Sr. Sushma had earlier given him the memorandum for providing ambulance to the hospital.

“Health is the most important wealth a person can have,” he said, “even if we had an uncountable wealth but if our health is poor then we are still poor”, he added. He also praised Fr. Sunny and Sr Sushma and all other health workers for working tirelessly and have brought down the maternal mortality rate to 0%.

While speaking to the general public he said that a school building worth Rs 10 lakh was also recently sanctioned from Article 275 to Gabil village and the road worth Rs 14 Crores has been sanctioned under Central Road Funds to construct a road from Gabil Bajar to Rongrong village. He also made a promise that in 3 years left he would do whatever possible to bring development to the people of his area.