The Ojha Sanatorium Karachi

Amin H. Karim MD

THE TB OJHA SANATORIUM, KARACHI: DEEPCHAND TEJHANDAS OJHA was a well known philanthropist of Karachi, He belonged to the renowned family of Ojhas whe were vaids by profession. He died in 1928 of TB and donated his property; Ayurvedic TB Relief Association was founded with Mr. Jamshed Mehta as its President. Government donated 127 acres in Safooran Goth which is about 20 km NE of Karachi city. It was developed in the TB Sanatorium with isolated cottages for advanced TB patients. In the second world war it was used as Prisoners of War Camp, Polish Refugee Camp for Jews, War Children Refugee Camp, and American Army station. In October 1946 TB patients were re-admitted. Incidentally Streoptomycin was discovered in October as posted by Dr. Sohail Ansari earlier. in 1970s when we from Dow Medical College rotated there for training Dr. Mohammas Iqbal Yaad Marhoom was the Director. His daughter Rahila Iqbal Yaad was in our class in Dow. She passed away a few years ago. The entire history by Dr. Yaad of the center is in the DowLite International that is in the files here. Above is a synopsis. I found another interesting fact: When they were surveying the land in this area they discovered corals and sea shells showing that centuries ago the Arabian sea covered this area and then slowly receded.
The campus now has the prestigious Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and Dow International Medical College. All three institutions are in the 127 acre campus in Safura Goth.


Photo and details credit to DowLite International Souvenir 1970.

About Amin H. Karim MD

Graduate of Dow Medical College Class of 1977.
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