India’s first ever transgender ward opened in GT hospital, Mumbai.


Mumbai: The country’s first transgender ward has opened at the state-run Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital, located near Crawford Market in Mumbai. Doctors have long observed that the community finds it embarrassing when a man enters the ward. Female patients also showed resistance.

Consequently, a special unit for transgender patients has always been thought to be necessary. We chose to launch the GT Hospital’s special department at JJ Hospital and St. George due to the lack of space allocated for Covid.

The department’s inaugural speaker, Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, noted that choosing which department to admit patients to was a constant problem. He said: “There have been several complaints. We decided to create a special ward with an O2 ventilator.”

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According to Zainab Patel, a member of the National Transgender Committee of the Western Zone, such hospital wards should exist in other regions of the country. He said: “India has a TG population of over five thousand and Mumbai has around 70,000. There is a need for more transgender wards in hospitals across the country because our community is also aging and has health issues related to non-communicable diseases.”

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