Maharashtra: Hospital run by Muslim religious body to meet healthcare needs of poor

The day of inauguration at the Jamiat-E-Ulema Day-Care Hospital on July 29. | Picture by arrangement

The hospital built by Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind (JUH) in Solapur, Maharashtra will provide healthcare services to poor patients at minimum rates regardless of caste, religion and creed.

Imran Inamdar | 

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SOLAPUR (MAHARASHTRA) — To meet the healthcare needs of poor and marginalized sections of society, Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind (JUH) has built a hospital in Solapur, Maharashtra. 

Thrown open to patients in late July this year, Jamiat-E-Ulema Day-Care Hospital aims to make health facilities accessible to the poor and needy at a minimum charge. The hospital was inaugurated by Maharashtra state president of JUH Maulana Nadeem Siddique and attended by several eminent doctors and activists. 

During his address, Maulana Nadeem said that “the hospital will provide excellent services to the poor patients at a very modest rate regardless of caste, religion and creed.” 

“The OPD (outpatients department) and a medical store are functioning right now and the daycare facilities will begin soon,” the medical superintendent of the hospital Dr Farooque Mulla told 

Dr Farooque said that besides having an OPD, the hospital also administers ESG, and all types of blood tests at 30 to 50% discounted charges. “Specialist doctors also visit us to handle major cases.” 

Talking about the need to open such a healthcare facility for the needy, JUH district president Maulana Ibrahim Qasmi told that “health and education are basic facilities which should be provided free of cost or lowest fees but unfortunately these two have become a lucrative business.” 

“Considering the need of the hour we have started this hospital on a 5000 square feet plot,” he said. 

Maulana Ibrahim said that “serving the poor is the aim of the hospital.” 

“We are concentrating on the health and education sector by using all our resources. Our new venture will be to prepare students from marginalized communities for competitive exams by holding classes,” he said. 

The infrastructure cost of the hospital was borne by collecting donations from people. 

“We are doing all this by collecting donations from people. I must say that our city-based Biradaris (sections) have donated wholeheartedly,” Hasib Nadaf, General Secretary JUH told 

Nadaf said that during the pandemic, JUH set up a Covid Care centre at the same premises. 

“This new multi-speciality hospital is our dream project,” he said. 

Social activist Salahuddin Peerzade lauded this initiative by JUH. 

“JUH always takes the lead in all humanitarian work. Everyone must come forward and help them to achieve their targets,” he said. 

For Ashfaque Bagwan, a young political and social activist, the city of Solapur is in dire need of speciality hospitals, especially for women. “I frequently receive complaint calls from many women who face neglect at government hospitals. The fact is that poor patients always struggle to get their healthcare needs met,” he said. 

Bhagwan added that he hoped the new hospital set up by the JUH will have a well-equipped gynaecology department.  

Imran Inamdar is a Goa based journalist. He writes positive stories on education and healthcare. He tweets at @ImranIn6379033