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Photos of Begum Salimah’s Visits to Aga Khan Health Centres in Kampala and Masaka in 1972 from the (Late) Dr. Rahimtula Jamani Family Collection, UK
By GULSHAN JAMANI
Barakah’s request to readers around the world to seek out from their archives and old family albums photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and members of his family, inspired me to look into files of my late husband, Dr. Rahimtula Jamani.
Dr. Jamani was a family physician who practiced in Uganda, serving the Jamat and other communities in the country.
Dr. Jamani was born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1924. Later in life, his parents, originally from Gujarat, India, moved to Uganda. Rahimtula went to Nairobi for his studies following which he went to Mumbai, India, where he obtained his Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the Grant Medical College in 1949. In early 1950, Rahimtula established his private practice in Kampala, Uganda. Apparently, he was the first Ismaili doctor in Kampala at that time.
In 1951, he got a locum for his practice in Kampala and went to Nairobi for honorary service at the Aga Khan Health Center for about a year. Subsequently, upon returning to Kampala, Dr. Jamani continued with his practice there until 1962 when he briefly went London, UK, for further studies at the Institute of Dermatology, St. John’s Hospital London.
Upon returning to Kampala, he started volunteering for a few hours every week at the Aga Khan Health Center. He also treated under-privileged patients at his surgery.
Dr. Jamani was the Chairman of the Health Board at the time of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah`s visit to Uganda in from February 20-27, 1972. The photographs were taken at a function organized in honour of Begum Salimah’s visit to the Health Centre.
After the expulsion of Asians in Uganda later that same year, our family settled well in the UK.
Dr. Rahimtula Jamani sadly passed away in 1998 in London at the age of 74.
Dr. Jamani is fondly remembered by his family and friends, as well as patients for his exceptional service. This selection of photos is my family’s humble tribute to my beloved late husband.
We pray that his soul may rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
Date posted: June 24, 2021.
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