GUWAHATI, July 9 - The closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations of Shree Marwari Databya Aushadhalaya � better known as Marwari Hospital � will be held in the Pragjyoti-ITA complex, Machkhowa at 4 pm tomorrow.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will be the chief guest of the function.
Shree Marwari Databya Aushadhalaya, a registered charitable society started on May 18, 1916, completed 100 years of its existence on May 17, 2016.
�Way back in the year 1916, some enlightened and philanthropic persons from the local Marwari community with a missionary zeal and social commitment started Shree Marwari Databya Aushadhalaya (SMDA) as an outdoor dispensary to cater to the medical needs of the public in general, irrespective of caste, community and religion. Since its very inception, this outdoor dispensary which is now known as Fancy Bazar Outdoor Dispensary (FBOD), has been providing necessary medical service, both in allopathy and homeopathy, on a token registration charge and provides listed medicines entirely free of cost. Today, almost 40,000 patients are taking benefit of the services rendered by this dispensary (FBOD) annually,� Sarat Kumar Jain, president and Anil Jaina, general secretary, said.
Establishment of its second unit, which is popularly known as Marwari Maternity Hospital (MMH) at Sati Jaymati Road, Athgaon in 1985 was another milestone in the history of the Aushadhalaya.
Marwari Hospital & Research Centre (MHRC), the third venture of Shree Marwari Databya Aushadhalaya came into being in 2002.
Jain said that with the aim to improve efficiency, quality of care, and to save certain statutory and administrative costs, the management merged the Marwari Maternity Hospital and Marwari Hospital & Research Centre under the brand name of Marwari Hospitals.
�Thus, the combined bed strength of both MMH and MHRC, i.e. the Marwari Hospitals, is 165. The total number of surgeries performed during 2015-16 was 5,238. The total number of babies delivered during the year 2015-16 was 3,267,� he said.
The organisation has, as part of its centenary celebrations, decided to raise a fund as �Marwari Hospitals Sahayata Kosh� with a corpus. The purpose is to keep the amount of the corpus in fixed deposit with a bank and to apply the amount of interest for treatment of poor patients.