Power supply delays opening of 300-bed Al-Shifa hospital in Abul Fazal
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Okhla Times Reproter/Dawat Nagar
Final touch is being given to a 300-bed Al-Shifa hospital at Dawat Nagar, Abul Fazal Enclave. By the end of April, the multi-specialty hospital will get operational, according to Brig. Zafar Ali, CEO of Al-Shifa hospital. Also, he is a Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) alumnus and was president of the Jamia Old Boys' Association (JOBA) for a long time. With everything in place, the hospital is just waiting to for the required electricity facility to get started.
Ali told OKHLA TIMES: "A huge generator is on its way for emergency. The hospital will treat patients who cannot afford treatment in five-star hospitals. We are roping in highly-trained doctors." It is understood that Ali has also requested local MP Sandeep Dikshit, who visited the hospital recently, to help the hospital get the required power. Local councilor Engineer Jamaluddin and Shoeb Danish, both JMI alumni, had accompanied the MP.
Formerly orthopedic head of All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Dr Farooque is looking after recruitment of doctors. Most of the appointments have been formalized, claimed Ali. Dr Monawwar Khurshid is Chief Medical Officer of the hospital.
The hospital will provide cheap health care facilities like obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and neonatology, internal medicine (general medicine) and general surgery. Besides, the Al-Shifa hospital will also provide specialist consultation in cardiology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurology, nephrology, pulmonology, ENT, dermatology, dental and ophthalmology.
Ali, a 1971 war veteran, said: "The hospital will be run on no profit and loss basis. We will not compromise on quality." This is not Ali's first project. Before joining the hospital on honorary basis, Ali a hero of Shakargarh war, was director Jamia Hamdard from 1995-99. Later on he was director of Islamic Cultrue also for four years. During his stay there Ali, who bagged a gallantry award by then President of India VV Giri in 1972, finished his project before time. Born in Bijnor, he is providing free service to Al-Shifa hospital.
Ismail V.K.T, looking after purchase of equipment, is confident that things would be sorted out within a fortnight. He said: "Most of the equipment, including generator, will reach the hospital within fifteen days." Engineer Abdul Mannan, who is looking after construction work, said: "Most of the things will be sorted out soon."
Also, work is going on to cover up the open drainage canal in front of the hospital. Earlier, the UP government had objected to it. But later on it bowed down to public pressure and allowed the construction.
The hospital plans to have a separate organization that will bear medical cost of poor patients. Its main aim is providing cheap health care facility. That doesn't mean that everything will come for free.
The Al-Shifa Multi-specialty hospital is the brainchild of Human Welfare Trust, which is part of the nationally-acclaimed NGO, Human Welfare Fund that plans to open more such hospitals across India. Till now some Rs 23 crore has been spent on Al-Shifa hospital.
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