By: Amer Suhail Khan
Stringer/CIR for All Voices, San Francisco
Good health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a person’s mind, body and spirit, and usually means to be free from all kind of mental and physical problems. B.K.S Iyengar once said that “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open”. But this combination of mind, spirit and health is only possible when the best health care facilities are available to every individual on equal opportunity basis without any discrimination among dwellers of jerry-built muddy houses or people of the elite circle. Health care could be achieved by diagnosis, first-rate treatment, prevention of diseases and providing required treatment and therapy for other physical and mental impairments in humans.
Pakistan is the 6th largest state of the world having a huge flux of population living in rural and urban areas. Health infrastructure is hardly adequate in some cities while rural areas are the victim of extremely poor health care system. Only 1.5% of entire budget is allocated to health and sanitation which cannot meet the entire demand of healthy nation. Well equipped hospitals, government certified staff of doctors and other medical staff in rural areas are limited to a series of sweet thoughts and visions of almost every Pakistani but luck force apart the tribulation of Khattack region and showered them with preferential prerogative by making them capable to get access to the best health care system.
Dr. Syed Roidar Shah, Pediatrician and his wife Dr. Farhat Shah, Gynecologist donated all their movable and immovable asset for their long awaited high achievement and decided to make an international level 500 bedded hospital on Cherat road adjacent to the under construction University of Engineering & Technology. Both these mega projects are heavenly blessing for the whole 36 big and small villages of Cherat region known as Khattack Nama. The overall population of this region is up to one million and all these villages are connected to Cherat road through branch roads. Thus Cherat road works as a rendezvous point for the whole population and Dr. Roidar Shah made an excellent decision to select this location for erecting the building of hospital.
After securing an appointment for interview; Dr. Roidar shah magnified his mission and real intentions behind this plan. He said that “Cherat Charity Hospital is not an idea or an emotional decision that produced like a spark overnight. But it is the result of unflagging and unrelenting efforts of more than three decades. It was the dream of my father who purchased this land in 1940 and I retained and kept back a major part of this land for hospital. The initial building plan is on 10 acres. Before starting the project, I visited some of the villages of Khattack region and met their high profile people; I was greatly impressed by their cordiality and affable attitude. Lieutenant General Alam Khattack signed the Board of Governors Papers and promised of rendering his maximum support. His generous moral and financial support substantiated the success of this mega project and in return of his active concerned regarding public-spirited and humanitarian health crisis of this region; I decided to build a 40 bed ward dedicated to the legendary hero of British Army, Major Zareen, grandfather of Lieutenant General Alam Khattack. Another 40 bed ward would be carved out at the name of Government Contractor Noor Muhammed Khan of Spin Khak, who arranged a passenger plane and helped Quad-e-Azam in a historic movement of Muslims from India to Pakistan during partition in 1947. This way, philanthropists and charitable donors have the right to raise or construct some part of this project and write a dedication of their treasured memory”.
Answering a question, Dr. Roidar Shah said that “CCH will offer top of the line care and it’s doctors and nursing staff will work up to the satisfaction of every patient, beside proper care, they will be treated with highest quality drug and health care delivery would be classified in systematic arrangement in different categories like Primary Care, Secondary Care and Tertiary. All medical facilities would be available to patients in similar way, there would be no discrimination regarding rich and poor. Concerned authority will put the same rights, opportunities and medications to every indoor or outdoor patient. The only difference would be that poor could gain access to free hospitalization, medication and treatment while well-heeled people will pay for their treatment”
Dr. Roidar Shah said that “I have sold a major part of my property in different cities for the hospital. I have property abroad in different countries and I wouldn’t be a bit hesitant to approve the idea of selling it for the noble effort of this great and remarkable project. It was the dream of my parents to eternalize something big for the physical well being of other people, especially poor and deserving one and now it’s the time to assuage their souls. According to, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”. Einstein experience about life is a universal fact, an axiomatic truth that nobody can challenge but my personal experience about life is that the real purpose of life and true worship of God is to serve His people the way He wants”.