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Hajee A.M. Lockhat & Dr. A.M. Moolla
Sarvajanik Hospital
Sarvajanik College
of Physiotheraphy
Aminaben M. Gangat
Memorial School
of Nursing
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Brief History of Sarvajanik Medical Trust
its activities with Existing Situation:

With a noble aim to provide best medical treatment to the poor and needy patients, with the consent of three young enthusiastic doctors to spare an hour or two twice in a week a small dispensary Sarvajanik Dharmarth Dawakhana under the auspices management of Saiyedpura Muslim Association was declared open on 30th May 1969.

Shri Hitendra Desai, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat State was the Chief Guest of the function and Hajee Ahmed Botawala the Managing Trustee of Botawala Charities, Rander was presided over the function.

Only 30 paise was charged for the Medicine and a Rupee one if an injection was to be given.

With experience of one year and the need of the public it was decided to make an humble attempt to make the beginning of the hospital with 10 beds. During March 1974 THE SARVAJANIK MEDICAL TRUST was constituted in 03-03-1974 with main noble cause of establishing Hajee A.M. Lockhat and Dr. A.M. Moolla Sarvajanik Hospital to provide best medical treatment to the poor and middle class people free of cost or other wise. The trust was officially registered under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 on 19th July 1975 in the office of the Assistant Charity Commissioner Surat Division, Surat vide Registration No: F-203/Surat, the Trust was also registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 on 19th July 1975 in the Office of the Assistant Registrar of Societies, Surat Division, Surat at vide Registration No: Gujarat/280/Surat.

The following were founder members of the Trust who signed the memorandum of Association.
Mr. Yusuf Ismail Vaid Saiyedpura, Surat
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Kazi Kosamba (RS)
Dr. Gulam Mohamad Ibrahim Motala Kosamba (RS)
Mr. Abdul Kadar Moosa Meer Rampura, Surat
Mr. Dawood Mohammed Kharwa Rampura, Surat
Mr. Mohammed Ismail Nanabawa Peerchadi, Surat
Mr. Mohammed Siddique Moosaji Amla Rampura, Surat

The overwhelming response was received from all quarters soon it was felt to have our own indoor admission facilities, and to begin with, a land agreement was signed to purchase a small piece of land at a cost of Rs.30,000/- only to start 10 bed hospital. Unfortunately such a small amount could not be managed within a time limit of 3 months. Thus it may be considered as blessing in disguise otherwise the existing activities might have a dead end.

Thus the idea conceived during 1970 was compulsorily hatched for two years in search of suitable land for construction of a full fledge general hospital it was proved to be a boon, ultimately our colleagues of the Suratee Sunni Vohra Muslim Education Society came to our help and decided to allocate a plot of 60’ x 40’ from its property No: 7/2063 of Badatwadi. But this was under the reservation of the Surat Municipal Corporation for public utility, continuous struggles were made for two years to de-reserve the plot.

The lapse of time in between the approval of building plan and decision of The Suratee Sunni Vohra Muslim Education Society had been properly utilized for the better management and betterment of the hospital. This had resulted in the constitution of The Sarvajnanik Medical Trust to give broad out look to the institution and to accommodate well-wishers from out side the city.

On 28th March 1974. Duwa of foundation laying ceremony of the hospital was offered by Late Mauvalana Abdul Haque Miya Saheb in an enthusiastic atmosphere amidst the presence of elites of the city and the district and construction work initiated after a month.

The original plan was to establish a 25 bed hospital and the estimated cost was only 4 lacs rupees.

Those were the days of financial hardship, independence agitation of South Africa hampered the economy of the South Africa which resulted in stringent financial restriction for foreign remittance and the National emergency in the country too delayed the construction work, ultimately on the 23rd October, 1977 when ground floor was ready for use, The Sarvajanik Dharmath Dawakhana of The Saiyedpura Muslim Association was shifted to newly constructed building as O.P.D. the initial department of the Hajee Ahmed Mohammed Lockhat and Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Moolla Sarvajanik Hospital under the management of The Sarvajanik Medical Trust.

The beginning of the indoor department was made with 10 beds, Opthalmic & Obstetrics Gynaec were the first two departments when the first floor was completed during May-June 1978.

As and when other floors were completed gradually numbers of beds were added and new departments were started.

The operation theatre was the last mile-stone of construction work to be completed during 1981 but it was not the end of an era of historical development it was just the beginning, since the medical science being the fast growing branch of science, new techniques and the invention of new instrument out dates the previous one. This in turn demands replacement & fund for the same, even after more than three decades we have to initiate on large scale innovation, renovation & reconstruction work.

We recollect the memory of door to door collection of one pound for building fund in U.K. and Organisation of All India Urdu Musha-era to raise only Rs.1,00,000 for installation of X-Ray unit. To day our donors are visiting the hospital, they study our requirement and help generously without any reservation & hesitation.

At present we have 23 full-fledged departments and facilities of admission and operations for important branches of medicine like Urological, Neuro and Cancer Surgery, Mental problems.

A small dispensary started with the co-operation of three honorary doctors has reached to a stage of medical unit comprises of 15 full-time, 2 part-time, 3 super specialists, more than 50 eminent honorary consultants in various discipline of medicine and 35 medical assistants.

The charges of our hospital are nominal in comparison to the charge of the other charitable hospitals of the city. Over and above the nominal charges a very lenient free or partially free treatment is provided to the poor and needy patients. The provision of life saving drugs and infusion drips with co-operation of other organizations and our well-wishers is the another unique feature of this hospital.

 
 
 
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With a noble aim to provide best medical treatment to the poor and needy patient, with the consent of three young enthusiastic doctors to spare an hour or two twice in a week a small dispensary Sarvajanik Dharmarth Dawakhana under the auspices management of Saiyedpura Muslim Association was declared open on 30th May 1969.

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