DR. NAEEM GHANI - A public health professional with multifaceted personality

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OBITUARY
DR. NAEEM GHANI - A public health
professional with multifaceted personality
(1932 - 2020)

Dr. Naeem Ghani was borne on 21st Feb, 1932 at Sialkot. He qualified MBBS from King Edward Medical College (now a university) in 1955. He was a house officer in General Surgery at Nishtar Medical College Multan. He then joined the Department of Surgery, Nishtar Medical College Multan as a registrar and got training for Master in Surgery (M.S) for three years. He subsequently did an elaborate research and wrote a thesis for M.S (equivalent to Doctorate degree) of the University of Punjab and defended the thesis besides his comprehensive examination in Basic Medical Sciences, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery (special subject). He was awarded M.S. degree in 1960.

Dr. Ghani joined the Saudi Medical Services and established the department of Surgery in the Military Hospital, Riyadh in 1979. His commendable work was applauded by His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz who appointed him as his personal physician.


Dr. Naeem Ghani

Dr. Ghani was a very well read person. He was the Chief Editor of the monthly journal titled “Umeed” and regularly contributed articles in the journal(s). He had a remarkable command over Urdu language, both prose and poetry. He read a lot on Child Development and Child Psychology and applied his knowledge in organizing and imparting education to the children at academic institutions. He had an enormous knowledge of Islamic History, Philosophy, Economics and many other disciplines. He authored several books on these disciplines.

Dr. Ghani’s specialty was General Surgery but was well versed in General Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Besides, he was an immaculate organizer and an administrator. Dr. Ghani was very passionate for the welfare of the poor ailing community and established a free medical clinic at Murree Road Rawalpindi. A large number of patients attended the clinic daily. Patients were provided free lab tests, radiological investigations, ECG, ultrasound and free medicines.

Dr. Ghani used to pay from his pocket for the investigations of the patients being carried out at the diagnostic centers. He employed doctors but also used to accord consultations to patients by himself. I provided free consultations to the patients coming with problems of Medical specialty.

Later Dr. Ghani established Sultana Foundation which provided quality education and training (taleem o tarbeeyat) to deserving students of Islamabad and surroundings. Hundreds of students got free or subsidized education in a good learning environment that imbibed knowledge, thinking and creative ability amongst the students at a younger age. This reveals his passion to light a candle in the dark to safeguard the intellectual ability of the youth of our homeland. In the last 30 years the foundation has contributed to the education of one lac twenty thousand (120000) students some of whom are leaders in their scientific education social and humanitarian specialties. Along with that the medical center receives 40,000 patients annually.

Dr. Ghani was my class fellow at King Edward Medical College. The other class fellows who hailed from Rawalpindi and Islamabad included Dr. Israr Ahmad Khan (late), Maj Gen Mohsin Pal (late), Maj Gen Mian Badar ud Din (late), Col Qamar Ahmad Khan, Maj Gen Sarfraz Hamdani (late), Maj Gen Nisar Ahmad Khan, Dr. Iftikhar Shiekh (late) and Dr. Ghulam Muhammad (late). They are all jewels of Pakistan.

Dr. Naeem Ghani undoubtedly was a good medical doctor, philosopher, thinker, writer, poet, performer, organizer, administrator, public health professional and a philanthropist. His services in health, education, literary sciences and humanity are commendable. His tremendous contributions for the people of Pakistan will be remembered for a long time to come.

Dr. Naeem Ghani breathed his last on 9th December 2020 at Islamabad due to a massive heart attack. He leaves behind his legacy comprising of family, friends, colleagues, patients, Sultana Foundation’s poor students and countless beneficiaries. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar
Former Surgeon General Pak Army, DGMS (IS).

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