World Health Organization estimates that between 2002 and 2020 nearly one billion more people will be newly infected by TB in the world, out of which 95 % will be in developing countries like Pakistan and only 5 % in developed countries. TB can be controlled and eradicated from our beloved country if we identify and diagnose the patients early and treat them with an appropriate combination of drugs under proper supervision for proper duration. This can be done in the outdoor department of any Hospital , in a majority of cases, provided there are arrangements for free and continuous supply of the drugs. However, we need specialized Hospitals like the Gulab Devi Chest Hospital for proper diagnosis, supervised treatment and to deal with complications arising during the treatment of Tuberculosis or the worst condition of Tuberculosis i.e. MDR (Multi Drug Resistant TB).
Tuberculosis can affect any part of the body, from head to toe. The Hospital has the latest facilities for the diagnosis and expert management of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Tuberculosis of all parts of the body. Gulab Devi Chest Hospital has all the latest facilities for Thoracic Surgery. In addition to this, Gulab Devi Chest Hospital has the facilities for the diagnosis and management of all pulmonary diseases. By the Grace of Allah , now Gulab Devi Chest Hospital has fully fledged Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Units which provide the latest facilities for the diagnosis and management of cardiac patients. More than 80 % of the patients treated in this Hospital suffer from Tuberculosis and are brought not only from all over the country but also from the neighbouring countries, like Afghanistan, for the specialized medical and surgical treatment. Emergencies are admitted day and night to save lives. Extra beds and facilities have to be added all the time to meet the growing demand for the services provided by the Hospital.
We are grateful to the philanthropists who have constructed or donated Wards to the Hospital so that our bed strength rose from 50 at the time of Independence to the present 1500.
We are grateful to various government agencies and departments like the Health Department of the Punjab Government and , Zakat Department. We are equally grateful to philanthropists for sharing the burden of recurring expenditure as well as the purchase of equipment for the Hospital and for the construction of new Wards, but we still need additional funds from more philanthropists to make up our deficit and help us in improving our services to an ever-increasing influx of deserving poor patients.
Lala Lajpat Rai 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, Lala Lajpat Rai established a Trust in 1927 to build and run a TB Hospital for women reportedly at the spot where she had breathed her last.
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