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Sushila Nayyar, Gandhi’s personal physician.

Sushila Nayyar (1914 – 2001) was born in the Gujrat district of Punjab (now in Pakistan). She attained an MBBS and MD degree in Delhi. From her early days she was inspired by Gandhi’s principles.

Soon after she joined Gandhi, there was cholera outbreak during which Sushila handled the cases independently. She was lauded by Gandhi for her spirit to serve people. Later she was appointed by Dr B.C Roy as Gandhi’s personal physician.

In 1944 she opened a small clinic and later shifted to a guest house in Wardha and officially named it as the Kasturba Hospital. Today this hospital is known as the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences.

In 1948, she went to the Unites States and attained a degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Later she became the Health minister of India.

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