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 Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, it was originally established by Sir Ganga Ram, a Hindu Civil Engineer in the British Government at Lahore in 1921. In 1946 the family of Sir Ganga Ram started a medical college by the name Balak Ram medical College named after a son of Sir Ganga Ram. After partition another hospital with the same name was re-established by Mr. Dharma Vira in India. Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore was established in 1948, just a year after the independence of Pakistan. The need for the immediate establishment of an institution to train women in the medical profession was acutely felt. The founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam gave his blessings and approved the name of his sister Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah to be associated with this institution.

The teaching hospital is attached to the Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (550 beds), is now being extended on another 22 Kanals and will provide another 400 beds. The name of this new hospital is Fatima Jinnah Hospital. The Faculty is both male and female, all of them being highly qualified teachers. The college has well-equipped laboratories, air-conditioned dissection hall, lecture theatres with audio-visual aids for teaching purposes, pathology museum, clinical academic rooms, a well-equipped library and an auditorium for seminars and international conferences.

The hostel for students is within walking distance from the college. It consists of six blocks. Two new blocks are being built to accommodate more students. At the moment there are around one thousand students living in the hostel.

Brief History

LalaLajpatRai was a well known figure in the political and social circles of pre Independence India. His mother, Gulab Devi, died of TB in Lahore. In order to perpetuate her memory, LalaLajpatRai established a Trust in 1927 to build and run a TB Hospital for women reportedly at the spot where she had breathed her last.

The Trust purchased 40 acres of land in April 1930 from the then Government which gave a free grant of an additional 10 acres on Ferozpur Road (now Sharah-e- Roomi).Construction work was started in 1931 and completed in 1934 when the Hospital gates were opened to TB patients.

A marble plaque bears witness to the opening of the Hospital on 17th July 1934 by Mr. Mahatma Gandhi. On the migration of trustees to India in 1947, the Government invited Begum RaanaLiaquat Ali Khan, Syed Maratab Ali, Professor Dr.Amiruddin and some other notables and philanthropists to become acting Trustees of the Hospital in July 1948.They constituted a Managing Committee with Begum Raana in the Chair, for running the Gulab Devi Chest Hospital.

In 1958,SyedMaratab Ali was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Hospital .On his demise in 1961,the mantle passed on to Syed Wajid Ali who was elected as Chairman for Life.

In pursuance of Rule 2 of the Rules and Regulations of the Hospital the Chairman , Syed Wajid Ali, had nominated Syed Shahid Ali as the Chairman (designate) to take over the office as Chairman in the event of his demise. This was reaffirmed by the Members of the Managing Committee unanimously in a meeting held on April 20,2002. Since then, Syed Shahid Ali took is Chairman of Managing Committee of Gulab Devi Chest Hospital.

Mr.N.AHaroon worked as Honorary Secretary of the Managing Committee from 1949 to 1964.0n his death, MaulviKaramatullah was unanimously elected as Honorary Secretary, to be followed in1972 by Sh.MuhammadIlmas .Due to his ill health, Sh.AhmedHusnain is working as Acting Secretary of Managing Committee.

The Hospital had services of a number of eminent chest physicians and surgeons as its Medical Superintendent; Dr. Mrs. Hutton (1949-1950), Dr. Mumtaz (1950-1953), Dr Bashir Ahmad (1953-1956), Dr. Ahmad Ali (1956-1959), Dr.BalighurRehman ( 1959-¬1962) ,Dr. Amiruddin M. Ansari (1962-1964), Dr Muhammad Ihsan Khan (1964 - 1999)' and Dr. Muhammad Akram took over the office on October1999.

At the time of Independence, the Hospital had 50 beds .The medical facilities kept on improving steadily and at present the Hospital has transformed into the biggest Chest Hospital in South East Asia with 1500 bed giving tertiary health care to patients with all sorts of pulmonary diseases, especially tuberculosis .The cardiac wing, which started functioning in 1984, is also a fully developed unit with the latest state-of-the-¬art angiography lab .Thoracic surgery is being performed six days a week. The Radiology Department is equipped with the Spiral CT Scan.

On academic side, the Hospital is affiliated with Fatima Jinnah Medical College for undergraduate studies and its training is recognized by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan for Membership in Chest Diseases and Fellowship in Cardiology. Now the Hospital has its own Post Graduate Medical Institute for teaching programs in different concerned specialties, and this PGMI is affiliated with University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

For more than half a century many philanthropists, the Managing Committee, doctors, nurses and staff of this Hospital have struggled hand in hand with missionary spirit to help non-affording and destitute patients. These needy patients undergo sophisticated investigations and receive costly treatment, including operations, totally free of cost.