Indian Prime Minister inaugurates Saifee Hospital in Mumbai

Indian Prime Minister inaugurates Saifee Hospital in Mumbai New Delhi, 4 June, 2005(WAM)The Saifee Hospital, an ultra-modern, multi-speciality hospital conceptualised and built by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin , Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, was inaugurated today by the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

The hospital is a tribute to and in memory of Dr. Syedna Taher Saifuddin , the father and predecessor of the present head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. The hospital has been constructed by donations and contributions from the Dawoodi Bohra community. The opening of the Rs 1.5 billion hospital coincided with the 94th birthday of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.

A delegation from the UAE led by the Director of Asian and African Affairs at the UAE Foreign Ministry and representative of the UAE Government, Saeed Ahmed Al Musalli, attended the inauguration. "The Saifee Hospital is a very modern hospital having the most modern equipment. It has 250 beds and is up-to-date in all respects," Musalli stated. He was accompanied by a delegation of including Abdulla Al Ghurair from the UAE business world and the former General Prosecutor of Dubai, Ibrahim Abu Mlhah. The UAE Consul-General in Mumbai was also present.

The Indian Prime Minister urged the private sector to play a role in meeting the health care needs of the people, especially the poor. ''This hospital is unique not just in its modernity but also in the philanthropic spirit of the Bohra Community," said Dr.Singh.

Dr Syedna Burhanuddin, in his address, said he was overwhelmed that the Prime Minister had agreed to be present at the hospital inauguration. ''May your dreams for the nation be transformed into reality,'' he said.

The function, which was attended by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra,Vilasrao Deshmukh, and various delegations from around the world, was broadcast live on television. The Arab World was represented by invitees from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria, apart from the UAE. There were delegations from the U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Kenya. The World Health Organisation also conveyed their message through video. Many important Indian political leaders and personalities from different fields attended the function. They included actors Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu, Dharmendra and Raj Babbar, who are also members of parliament, and Jackie Shroff as well as former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar .

The Saifee Hospital has 259 in-patient capacity and medical teams in 28 departments, each led by specialists in the field and supported by state-of-the-art technology and the best medical equipment in the world today. The hospital is centrally located at Charni Road in South Mumbai with easy access for everyone in need. The hospital began functioning on a modest note in 1948 and in 2001 the actual construction started to upgrade its medical care facilities. The hospital also has beds to take care of needy patients, free of charge. The Arabian Sea facing, imposing Saifee Hospital has architecture that carefully fuses a traditional Islamic dome and arch structure with a contemporary glass curtain facade. Altogether, the hospital exudes a soothing ambience with its walls a mere hundred feet from the shoreline.

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