On Thursday, October 24, 1957, on the Tenth
Anniversary of the Dejazmatch Balcha Hospital
His Imperial Majesty replied to the speech of
Professor E. Arbusov, the Director of the Hospital,
"It gives Us pleasure to be present here at this
hospital named after one of Our National heros Dedjazmatch
Ba1cha, on the occasion of the Commemoration
of its first decade devoted to the fruitful cause of helping
the sick and preserving the health of Our people.
It is a fact that the very word, "hospital" is a
symbol of and memorial to the sacrifice made by man
for the well-being of his fellow-men. This humanitarian
and charitable task of helping the ailing and infirm, of keep- ,
ing men and women in good health that they may properly
fulfil their civic duties, is indeed a sacred duty of substantial
value to mankind, going beyond all national
barriers, beyond all narrow affinities of race and
It is indeed as a result of this that medical science,
springing out of the love of man for his fellow-men and
out of sympathy for his suffering, has been universally
accepted as having no boundaries nor biases.
Indeed, We can hardly think of a better means to
secure mutual understanding and cultural co-operation
among the peoples of the world, than to labour selflessly
and lovingly in the field of medical service for the relief of
those who stand in great need of such aid.
The activities of this hospital, during the past ten
years of its existence in general, and specifically its pursuit
of service in the noble tradition of Soviet Medicine, and
its desire to help Ethiopia in the spirit of co-operation
and friendship, have indeed borne fruit in a manner
that is pleasing to Us.
We can never forget the great help rendered to
Our Country by the Russian Red Cross Society during
the hard and perilous times of 1896 and by the medical
mission in 1897, during the reign of His Majesty the Emperor
Menelik II. That timely aid will gratefully be
remembered for ever.
We wish to express Our thanks for the greetings of
the more than 24 million members of the Red Cross
Society of the Soviet Union, conveyed to Us through
their distinguished Vice-President, and We would be
very pleased if Our own greetings with the expression
of Our admiration, as well as Our good wishes be conveyed
to the great people of the Soviet Union.
We wish to thank the Doctors and assistants and
the members of the nursing and administrative staff, of
the Dedjazmatch Baltcha Hospital, for the medical aid
that they have rendered in the spirit of kindness and love
to the sick who have come to this hospital in search of
such help that the Red Cross Society of the Soviet Union
has given in the form of modern medical equipment, in
order to develop and perfect the facilities of this hospital.
We would like to state on this occasion that this
hospital will continue to enjoy Our help and interest as it
has in the years of the past."
Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 15 -
|HIM QHS in a Red Cross Hospital Ethiopia 1935|