19 June 2020 President Meta awards the founder and director of the Berat Hospital, epidemiologist Hajdar Sulo (posthumously) with the “Mother Teresa” Decoration
The President of the Republic, H.E. Ilir Meta awarded today the founder and first director of Berat Hospital, the epidemiologist Hajdar Sulo (posthumously) with the High Decoration “Mother Teresa” with the motivation: “For the valuable contribution in the field of medicine, his humanism and his activity in the national cause. Prominent epidemiologist, founder and first director of the Hospital of Berat, who with the passion and dedication of an unwavering patriot, laid an important cornerstone in the service of Albanian public health”.
Family members and relatives of Dr. Sulos, doctors and personalities were present at the solemn ceremony organized on this occasion at the Institution of the President.
In his welcoming speech, the Head of State noted:
“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Berat Regional Hospital, where Dr. Hajdar Sulo was its founder and first director.
The establishment of this hospital was designed by the Albanian government that emerged from the Lushnja Congress and was one of the indicators of the first and continuous efforts to consolidate the country’s independence and strengthen the Albanian state.
In that situation, laying the foundations of public health institutions for the Albanian people, remained one of the priorities of the government and it needed personalities in this field, to help set up these institutions, to better serve the citizens.
One of these prominent figures who, driven by patriotism, did not hesitate to return to his homeland, after an excellent completion of medical studies in Istanbul and France, was also Dr. Hajdar Sulo.
When the Mayor of Berat asked him to take up the task of setting up and running the city’s first hospital, Dr. Hajdar Sulo knew that the difficulties were many: both logistical and material, but above all financial.
But that didn’t stop him. He devoted himself to work with a lot of love and dedication, asking for the help of the citizens of Berat, but also those of Shkodra and Vlora, who generously offered what they could for the hospital that would be opened.
His devotion in the service of the citizens of Berat, but also of Fier, Lushnja, Mallakastra and other provinces continued throughout his life.
For 44 years, Dr. Hajdar Sulo lovingly and professionally served patients who clearly distinguished in him his humanist spirit.
Caring for and looking after anyone in need was Dr. Hajdari’s mission for the rest of his life.
He served with devotion and did the impossible for his people, devoting himself especially to the poorest communities.
Humanism was one of the most prominent virtues of Dr. Hajdar Sulo.
Patriotism and love for the country were distinct elements of his personality, which he proved with his great contribution as a patriotic activist, especially with the support of the Independence of Albania and the cooperation with the government of Ismail Qemali.
Although he was sentenced to death twice by the occupiers, he never stopped working and trying to put himself in the service of the Fatherland.
On this 100th anniversary of the establishment of the hospital of Berat, we honor and respectfully remember Dr. Hajdar Sulon, its founder and first director, with the high decoration “Mother Teresa”.
Just as our great Saint Mother Teresa was put at the service of the poor and sick all over the world, Dr. Hajdar Sulo followed the same example of humanism throughout his life.
He served with love and devotion to all his compatriots, implementing Mother Teresa’s saying: ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love‘. And Dr. Hajdar Sulo did it every day.
Deep respect and gratitude to Dr. Hajdar Sulon, and on this anniversary of the Hospital of Berat, respect and gratitude to all the medical staff, who served and continue to serve with love and dedication to the citizens especially in these times full of challenges. for public health.”