Tinsukia: A cow hospital was inaugurated in Assam’s Dibrugarh town on Sunday, making it Northeast’s first-ever hospital to treat cows.
The development came up for Rs 17 lakh and has been built inside the campus of Shree Gopal Gaushala on the occasion of Gopashtami.
President of the Gaushala, Nirmal Beria, said that the hospital is well equipped to treat ailing cows as well as perform surgeries. “However, we lack a few pieces of equipment, including an X-ray machine and an ambulance. We are looking to arrange the same within two months.”
In the first phase, this hospital will service cows within an area up to 30 km radius, he said. “We shall soon release a helpline number on which one can share information about ailing cow. Our ambulance will pick and bring it to the hospital for treatment,” Beria said, adding, “The entire treatment will be done free of cost.”
Sharing insight about the idea behind this move, Beria said, around 10 years back a social activist, Krishna Murari Jasrasaria, had come up with the idea of an exclusive hospital for treatment of cows.
“Due to some reason, the Gaushala committee could not turn the idea into reality earlier. This time we went to Rajasthan to visit such facility and brought a layout of the same and the hospital is in front of us,” he added.
The Gaushala, dating back to 1901, shelters over 368 cows, bulls and calves.
Beria said the hospital has come up with the help of donations and its maintenance will be taken care of by the Gaushala. “Once treated, we shall try to accommodate as many cows as possible,” he added.
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