The Dawoodi Bohra community in Kolkata has converted Hydari and Rehmatbai Maternity and Nursing Home on Ganesh Chandra Avenue into a Covid care centre.
The hospital has started off with 15 Covid beds, with private cabin facilities, availability of oxygen, doctors on visit, 24×7 resident medical officers (RM0s), nurses and support staff. Founded in 1960, the facility’s daily operations are being run by Hope Foundation.
‘The hospital has had a long association with the city ever since it was inaugurated by the then community leader, the 51st al-Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin. As a charitable institution run by the Dawoodi Bohra community, it aims at providing extensive healthcare services to not only members of the community, but everyone, irrespective of their social or religious identity,’ said Abdulqadir Vadnagarwala, a Rehmatbai Hospital trustee.
Vadnagarwala added, ‘The hospital became a reliable institution during the period of the 52nd leader, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. But operations stopped in the last few years and the revival plan began to take shape in 2016. It is now being undertaken as part of the Project Rise initiative, which is the community’s global philanthropic arm. The hospital is planning to recommence operations in phases and scale it up into a fully functional facility again.’
The Dawoodi Bohra community, under the guidance of their 53rd leader, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, continues the effort to extend help to those affected by the pandemic.
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