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January 25th, 2013

State Bank of India donates new vehicle

For nine years now, we have been using our vehicles for camps in distant villages and remote locations, driving them over rough roads and spaces where there are no roads. These vehicles have done well, and have been well maintained by our staff. Mr. Sam Paul, our fix it guy, has done and excellent job. However, all these miles do take a toll, and of late maintainance costs have been increasing and repairs have been more frequent. We have been in need of a new vehicle, to replace the older ones in our fleet.

Out of the blue, I got a call from the State Bank of India, saying they want to donate a vehicle to us! Yesterday, they presented us with a cheque. We will be able to get a fully loaded utility vehicle which is an optional four wheel drive! We hope to have a function to commission it when we obtain it in March.

Such instances bring to life words such as “He knows our needs before we ask of Him.”


January 22nd, 2013

Farewell to Dr. Sarah


We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Sarah Funai, who has been our obstetrician for the major part of this year. She handled all the obstetric and gynaecologic load wonderfully and we have mixed feelings as she leaves. We will miss her very much, but at the same time we are excited for her as she is to be married in March and will enter a new phase of her life. We wish both of them the very best as they start their lives back in the North East of India.


January 18th, 2013

Let it snow….

It started snowing in Manali yesterday and there has been no let up since. There is two feet of snow on the ground and the sky is still bucketing snow. Roads are closed, the electricity is off, water might freeze, but wonder of wonders … we still have internet!

We discharged  quite a few of the patients and all our staff had a spirited snowball fight in the courtyard. Dr. Sarah was judged Snow warrior of the year.

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December 31st, 2012

Happy New Year

We wish all our readers and supporters a Blessed New Year.

The watershed divide of New Years eve is often spent in chasing balloons, paper, or drinks, and with frantic fun making that crescendoes in cadence with the progress of the clock with the magical midnight transition from the old to the new.

It can also be a time for introspection and review, and a thoughtful preparation for the year to come.

At Manali, we stand at the threshold of the New year with many dreams, ideas and plans for developement and change. We have optimism for these plans, yet a fear of stepping out in faith where we do not see the resources for them as yet. Yet, that is what faith is about, where we rely on Him who engineered this transition of time so hailed by the world anyway as New Years eve.

May all your plans also come under this same banner of provision, knowing that even if a ball drops in Times Square, the ball will not drop in the course of our new year in 2013.

With wishes to all.

December 31st, 2012

Farewell to Sister Victoria, Mr. Charles and Dr. Swati

As the New Year rings in, we bid farewell to Sister Victoria, our Nursing Superintendent and Mr. Charles Benjamin, our Office Adminstrator. They have been with us for four years, bringing their expertise to their respective areas. Sister Victoria really enhanced the nursing skills of our staff and maintained a high nursing standard. Mr. Charles took charge of the office administrative work and handled much of the correspondence, organisation and communication. They will  be deeply missed.


Dr. Swati Choudhary has been with us for the past two years and now having finished her service obligation moves on to work at obtaining a postgraduate course seat. We wish her well.

December 22nd, 2012

Seasons greetings


From all of us at Mission hospital Manali, we send our greetings to you all and our heartfelt thanks for your support to us through 2012.


December 18th, 2012

Demise of Dr. D.S. Virk

We sadly announce the demise of Dr. D.S. Virk, plastic surgeon who had joined us here last year and left us on health grounds  in October 2012. He passed away on 17th December 2012.

Dr. Virk had done his Masters in Surgery from CMC  Ludhiana, and his plastic surgery M. Ch. from PGI Chandigarh, had joined the government service and had retired as the Director Health Services Punjab. After his retirement he came to be with us in Manali and endeared himself to one and all with his gentle humble ways. He was an excellent surgeon and brought his advanced training and skills to the people of Manali.

He had developed some health problems that prohibited him from continuing here and he had spent the rest of the months at home in Nawashahar. He succumbed to a sudden heart attack and passed away on the 16th. He is succeeded by three daughters. Our deepest condolences to the family. He will always be remembered here in Manali.

December 17th, 2012

Winter leave starts

Winter leave has started in Manali. Half the staff have left for their annual leave. The old ward has shut and the icu moved to the post natal side. Snow is on the ground. Tandoors have emerged from the store and are now sending smoke trails to the winter sky. We are snuggling in for a long winter. Our winter wishes and greetings of the season to all



November 18th, 2012

Ent camp

The ent camp was  grand success, with Drs. George Ani and Raghu operating till four am in the morning on patients who came in from all over. This is and index of the need and the prevalence of ent disease here. Thanks Team.

November 11th, 2012

Ent camp

The ent camp  held every year will run from the 15th to 18th of November this year. Drs. George Ani and another surgeon from Vellore will conduct it. Thanks team!