Gulab Devi Chest Hospital is one of the oldest and biggest Cardiothoracic Hospitals in South Asia. It specializes in the treatment of respiratory diseases, particularly tuberculosis. Gulab Devi Chest Hospital has fully fledged Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Departments which provide the latest facilities for the diagnosis and management of poor cardiac 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.
The Trust purchased 40 acres of land in April 1930 from the then Government which gave a free grant of an additional 10 acres on Ferozpur Road (now Sharah-e- Roomi).Construction work was started in 1931 and completed in 1934 when the Hospital gates were opened to TB patients.
A marble plaque bears witness to the opening of the Hospital on 17th July 1934 by Mr. Mahatma Gandhi. On the migration of trustees to India in 1947, the Government invited Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Syed Maratab Ali, Professor Dr.Amiruddin and some other notables and philanthropists to become acting Trustees of the Hospital in July 1948.They constituted a Managing Committee with Begum Raana in the Chair, for running the Gulab Devi Chest Hospital.
In 1958,Syed Maratab Ali was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Hospital .On his demise in 1961,the mantle passed on to Syed Wajid Ali who was elected as Chairman for Life.
In pursuance of Rule 2(iii) of the Rules and Regulations of the Hospital the Chairman , Syed Wajid Ali, had nominated Syed Shahid Ali as the Chairman (designate) to take over the office as Chairman in the event of his demise. This was reaffirmed by the Me.
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