Shanker D. Karve [O.B.E.]
from HIS flourishing medical practice Dr. S. D. Karve
was very active in the social and political life of Mombasa
The late Dr. S.D. Karve,
was a unique individual with vision and love for humanity and it is
only fitting that we give sincere appreciation today for all that he
has done for Mombasa's Pandya Memorial Hospital'.
So declared Mr.
Maganbhai Nagda when unveiling a pedestal statue of Dr. Karve at this
hospital on Sunday morning, March 18, 2001, writes NETA PEAL.
This was immediately
followed by Mr. Nagda's wife, Kunden, presenting a cheque for Shs.
500,000/= as a gesture of their 'continued support of the hospital
which we love with all our hearts'
In a special tribute to
'my better half, Kunden', Mr. Nagda had said 'she has always been
beside me and a great source of encouragement and support'.
Their donation was
received with grateful thanks by the Hospital's Chairman, Dr. Kanti
Present at the unveiling
ceremony were Trustees of the Pandya Hospital, representatives of the
Pandya family, members of the Board of Management and invited guests.
Mr. Nagda, in
expressing his profound gratitude for being accorded the honour of
unveiling the statue, said 'the late Dr. Karve, who happened to have
been my doctor, was not only a great doctor but a gentle, cultured
and sophisticated human being.
privileged to follow in his footsteps and contribute as much as I
can to the Pandya Hospital which is rendering great humanitarian
services to not only the Mombasa people but also to tourists who
benefit immensely from its renal unit.'
Consequently, I hope the
management might revive 'and utilise my donation of K. Shs. 500,000/=
towards re-opening the Hemraj Bharmal Dental Unit which was offering
excellent affordable services to the public.
Its re-opening will
surely enhance the image of this hospital'.
As he was unveiling
the bust of the late Dr. S.D. Karve, Mr. Nagda had said 'I hope it
will be a lasting and continuous reminder to all that life is short
but good deeds and services to mankind are everlasting'.
The Chairman of the
Pandya Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kanti Chudasama, told guests that 'since
its inception 53 years ago the hospital had grown to become one of the
most equipped medical institutions with ultra-modern equipment and
state-of-the art and therapeutic facilities in Kenya.
It was the Only hospital
at the coast with a renal unit, skin and layer centre, a physiotherapy
unit and a centrally air-conditioned auditorium where national and
international seminars are held.'
He went on to tell
guests that a fund-raising walk had taken place from the hospital that
morning under the convenorship of Hon. Secretary, Navnit Patel.
Over K. Shs. one million
had been raised which will go towards the purchase of modern life
saving equipment for the hospital.
He thanked all who had
Recalling that the
hospital itself is a memorial to Mr. J.B. Pandya commemorating not
only his work and achievements but also his aspirations as a public
spirited man whose vision extended beyond the narrow limits of race or
The Hospital Chairman,
noted that the founders of Pandya Hospital, led by Dr. S.D. Karve,
were so overwhelmed by Mr. Pandya's achievements that they resolved to
establish a clinic in Mombasa to cater for Asian and African patients
where they could be treated in comfort.
The Hospital Chairman
went on 'the foundation stone of the present hospital was laid on
February 15, 1950, by His Excellency the Governor of Kenya, Sir
Phillip Mitchell, its opening ceremony being performed by the Hon. E.A.
Vasey, Member for Education, Health and Local Government on December
Giving details of the
late Dr. Shanker D. Karve, the Hospital Chairman said 'he was the
son of the famous philanthropist, educationist and emancipator of
women (especially widows) Dr. D.K. Karve.
He had three very
accomplished sons, one being Dr. Madhav Karve whom most of you know.
Apart from a
flourishing medical practice Dr. S.D. Karve was very active in the
social and political life of Mombasa.
He was the first
non-white to be invited to become a Rotarian, while the British
Government honoured him with the award of an OBE.'
The Hospital Chairman
continued 'as I said earlier, the Pandya Memorial Hospital was the
brainchild of Dr. Karve.
He loved the
institution unconditionally and gave it his unstinting loyalty,
devotion and sterling service from 1948 to 1965 during which he
served this hospital as secretary, administrator and doctor.'
unveiling of Dr. S.D. Karve's statue also represents the fulfilment of
a lone cherished dream of the late Count Paroo.
This was that we have
contributed to the late Count Paroo's request that when I became
Chairman I should try and do something to honour the memory of the
late Dr. Karve.
'I also wish to thank
all those who have helped in this exercise, including my wife, also
Board of Management members in selecting an appropriate site for this
pedestal statue of Dr. Karve (which now faces that of the late J.B.
Pandya) and in conjunction with the hospital staff in successfully
organising the fund-raising walk and the unveiling ceremony.