The Himalayan Medical Station
Arnpokhari is a little village in the middle of nowhere. At least that’s what it felt like after the longest, bumpiest bus ride most of us had ever experienced. It’s a village spread out among endless mountains belonging to the humongous Himalayas. The view is stunningly beautiful, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the fast growing tourist world down below.
Here we find a little house, randomly perched on top of a hill. Overlooking valleys and rice fields, it appears to be watching over the village, which seems quite fitting when we find out it’s a medical station.
Here at the station we meet Binita and her father Bishnu. Faithful in what they are called to do, they serve the village and its surrounding area. Chatting with them truly leaves you with the impression that they really do care for this village. Their diligent and loving hearts are visible to many. Though the resources are very limited, and the needs are great, rather than complain they use the little they have to spread good health.
Bishnu is a man in his fifties, with a genuine sweet and loving heart. He’s maintained his job for the last 40 years, working all over the country, with a variety of different medical organizations.
Binita, his daughter, started supporting the medical station 7-months ago as a nurse. Education about health has been a stepping stone in her life and her dedication to the health of her people is clearly visible. She received her nursing degree in the capital city, and chose to work for a year with an organization educating the unreached villages and taking blood samples from children. It was a life of adventure, as she would sometimes hike for days to reach remote people groups, only to find families rejecting medical education for their children. The fear of the unknown held them captive.
Now the father-daughter team works side-by-side, seeing between 20–30 patients daily. Their work is vitally important, as patients who can’t be treated here in the village, have to be referred to the nearest hospital, about 4 hours away.
Their vision is for greater education, believing that’s the key to a healthier and more prosperous country.
On the one hand it’s easy to see the fast growing infrastructure in the big cities, where the majority of the population is aware and cares for the health and education of the younger generation. Yet on the other hand, those living in the small, inaccessible villages high in the mountains often don’t even understand the importance of hand sanitation, rely heavily on healing associated with spiritual influence and it takes them days to reach medical care.
Never the less, leaving this village with a more compassionate heart for the unreached people groups high up in the mountains gave us the encouragement to keep pursuing the heart of God combined with the common good. And its worth it.