DIBRUGARH, Nov 3 � The Dr John Berry White Medical School and the deserted American Military Hospital of Second World War, which in the years later catapulted into becoming today�s Assam Medical College & Hospital (AMCH), have almost no remnants of the past other then the building of the Operation Theatre (OT) I block.
Taking serious note of the historically important structure, the authorities of the premiere medical institute here have resolved to protect and maintain the OT-I building as �heritage structure�. �OT-I building is the only structure which represents the legacy of the bygone era. We will repair and restore it as it is to remind us the glorious past associated with it,� AMCH principal Dr AK Adhikari said today as the medical institute marked its 68th foundation day today.
The OT-1 building near the Radiology department stands alone as the only existing monument of the 56 Command Military Hospital used during the World War. �We believe that it will help Alumni of the institute to revive the nostalgic moments of their association with this operation theatre,� Dr Adhikari said.
In keeping with the foundation day celebrations a fibre glass bust of Dr John Berry White was also unveiled by the principal near the Dr John Berry White auditorium. An open session was also organised at the auditorium prior to the unveiling ceremony. The session was attended by AMCH administrative staff, faculties, employees, students and nursing staff. Eminent retired gynaecologist Dr Bhavani Prasad Chaliha attended the function as the chief guest while Dr Jagdish Mahanta, Director, Regional Medical Research Centre was the guest of honour.
Dr Chaliha in his speech called upon the teaching staff of the medical institute to have a sense of belongingness, oneness and attachment towards AMCH. �Making or earning money must not be your priority. Build up the institute through the spirit of sacrifice and development activities. You are here not merely as doctor but as teacher and ex student of the medical institute,� he said.
Dr Mahanta said that any medical institute was about � education, service and visibility. He said that tenderness, love and compassion were the best treatment for a patient.
The AMCH family also felicitated the retired faculty members of the medical institute during the pen session. Awards of various natures were also given away to students, nursing staff and various categories of employees of the institute. The annual magazine - AMCOL and the annual report 2014 in the form of a book was also released. The vote of thanks was offered by Syed Tehsinur Rahman, president of the Assam Medical College Students� Union (AMCSU).