Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra CH Vidyasagar Rao today said that the Wadias have not only contributed to the economic development of the State, but through institutions like the Wadia Hospitals for Women and Children and the Wadia College at Pune had also contributed to the social development of the State.
The Governor was speaking at a function to celebrate nine decades of service to society by the Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital for women and the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for children at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Mentioning that the Wadia Hospitals had rendered matchless contribution to society by reducing maternal and infant mortality rate, the Governor called for upgrading and strengthening the Wadia Hospitals to cater to the ever growing needs.
Stating that women-centred healthcare is extremely critical to achieving the goal of Swasth Bharat, the Governor asked the State Government to think of bringing a legislation that would allow women to deliver in the hospital of their choice. Minister for Education and Medical Education Vinod Tawde remarked that even though most of the Public Private Partnership models are favourably biased towards the private parties, it is the ordinary people who had benefited most from the Wadia Hospitals.
Stating that Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai Port Trust and the ONGC had assured the government of their help in setting up medical colleges, the Minister called upon the Wadia Hospitals to extend their help to the government in starting medical colleges.
Chairman of the Wadia Hospitals Nusli Wadia said that the Wadia Hospital was the first successful example of the tripartite public-private partnership between the Wadia family, the Municipal Corporation and the Government which had worked successfully for nine long decades. He said the Wadia Hospitals had provided specialized healthcare to women and children from the families of mill workers and other poor and less privileged families for nine decades. He thanked the honorary doctors of the past who rendered quality service to the people.
Trustee of the Hospital Ness Wadia assured that he will continue the illustrious philanthropic tradition of his family and elaborated his future plans for the expansion of the Wadia Hospitals. CEO of Wadia Hospitals Dr Minnie Bodhanwala and Medical Directors M J Jassawalla and Y K Amdekar were honoured by the Governor. Dr Ashwini Jogade, Medical Superintendent conducted the proceedings.
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