For nearly a million residents of this backward area of Haryana, it is a blessing indeed. A multi-speciality hospital has opened here, thanks to a US-based non-resident Indian (NRI).
The 55-bed multi-specialty non-profit hospital, with facilities for 24-hour intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency trauma services, started operations Saturday here in Haryana's Faridabad district, adjoining the Indian capital.
Ohio-based NRI Rajesh K Soin in the memory of his father, Sukhdev Raj Soin, has built it. The NRI's Nasdaq-listed company in the US has interests in defence equipment manufacturing, software development and other products.
At hand for the inauguration of the hospital were Ohio Senator George Voinovich and Congressmen Mike Turner, Phil Gingrey, Rob Bishop and Steve Pearce.
Nearly 100 villages spread over an area of 4,600 sq km in Faridabad and Mewat - among the most backward districts of Haryana - will benefit from the new hospital. Villagers will now not have to travel to big cities to avail of top health facilities.
The smiles on the faces of villagers from this village and surrounding ones said it all.
"We dont's have take patients to hospitals in Faridabad (town) and Delhi. The hospital is a boon," said Puran Lal, resident of Khera Sarai, one of the most populated villages of the area.
"The facility will particularly be beneficial to women," said sarpanch (headwoman) Gayatri of Rundhi village.
Even though Raj Soin originally hails from Jammu city, he chose to set up the Sukhdev Raj Soin hospital in this part of Haryana after land was donated to the hospital trust and the Soin Foundation by the Maharishi Dayanand memorial campus based here.
"Every individual has the right to good healthcare. We want to provide comprehensive, cost-effective and sustainable and specialized healthcare at par with international health quality standards at the doorstep of the villagers who otherwise cannot afford it," Raj Soin told IANS.
The hospital, which will further be expanded to 150 beds and add a medical college later, will have surgical and super-specialty services like neuro surgery, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and paediatrics.
Medical facilities will be offered free-of-cost to poor patients. Drugs will be made available at highly subsidized rates, Soin said.
Located close to the Delhi-Mathura highway, the new hospital will also cater to accident victims.