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Dec 28

From the Archives

The 18th Death anniversary of Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin, T.I Founder Father of ophthalmology of the Pakistan Armed Forces falls on 28th December 2019.

In 2012 Military Hospital Rawalpindi celebrated its 125th Anniversary in which a commemorative ceremony was held in MH Rawalpindi in which homage was paid to the founding fathers of M.H Rawalpindi and Army Medical Corps.

Below we reproduce some rare photographs from the archives in which Brig (R) Mohammad Alimuddin can be seen as a young captain and finally going on to command this hospital.

 

                                      Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin sitting front row 7th from left

 

                                    Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin sitting front row 7th from Right

 

                            Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin as commanding Officer MH Rawalpindi

                                                             is sitting front row in the centre

 

                                      Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin sitting front row 3rd from left

 

                                  Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin Standing back row 2nd from right

 

    BRIGADIER (R). M. ALIMUDDIN (1914-2001)

 

 

We reproduce below a small write-up by my father Brig ® Mohammad Alimuddin which was written about 30 years ago but could not see the light of the day because at that time centenary celebrations were held without any reference to the history of Military Hospital Rawalpindi.

From the disc received from MH Rawalpindi

 

(This article was originally written by the officer in 1987 for publication in the Centenary Brochure. Though he is no more alive for grant of reprint permission, it is being done, nonetheless, on the assumption that he would have been happy to grant us one.)

 

Prior to the partition of Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent, I was serving as an Eye Specialist at British Military Hospital Calcutta. In early September 1947, I was posted as Eye Specialist, to Military Hospital Rawalpindi and ordered to move immediately. As railway traffic in the Punjab was disrupted due to Hindu – Muslim riots; I had to move by sea via‟ Bombay / Karachi to Rawalpindi in October 1947. Late Brig Muhammad Sarwar (then Lt Col), was holding dual appointments of Consulting Physician, Pakistan Armed Forces, and Officer Commanding, Military Hospital. Brig S.M Jaffar (Retd) and Colonel Ataul Haq (Late) then captains were the other officers of the hospital. Major General Muhammad Shuaib (Retd) joined the hospital in 1950 as a captain.

 

The three of us looked after all the wards including Edward‟s line wards (across present Sher Khan Road). The workload was enormous and everyone worked from morning till late evenings including orderly medical officers duties every 3rd day. Captain Shamsie and Capt Ishaque looked after the Medical Inspection Room of the hospital and station MI Room respectively but were not always available due to frequent temporary attachment elsewhere. Miss Azizuddin, a civilian medical officer of the hospital since 1935, looked after the station child welfare centre and the family wing of the hospital. Apart from looking after the patients; the hospital had to cope with enormous amount of invaliding and re-assessment medical boards. Most of the invaliding medical documents received by our regimental centres from regimental centres in India were either incomplete or lost.

It was therefore decided by the GHQ to hold fresh medical board on all such cases. This added enormous medical work load on us. The work load eased a bit by the end of 1948 when a few more medical officers were posted.

 

Brig Sarwar was a genius. He would quote reference after reference from various medical books and journals to highlight points in lectures, discussions and ward rounds. He was a good judge of men, their abilities, capabilities and was quick in decision. He had full confidence in us and created a happy team of dedicated workers. Colonel N.

 

A. A Khan, DSO, Brig S.M. Jaffar and Brig A. Latif also commanded the hospital in due course. I also had the good fortune of commanding it in 1963.

 

The hospital in 1887 consisted of wards 7, 8 and 9 and the eye department building (ward 14) was the Officer Commanding office. Other buildings were added in later years. With the birth of Pakistan on 14 August 1947, I was reborn in this hospital as a captain. In the same building and the same seat, I got all my promotions, rose to the rank of Brigadier and retired in 1974. In short, this hospital is an Alma Mater to me. My two generations have served this institution and hope the third will soon avail this honour. Military Hospital Rawalpindi, through service and dedication has earned the laurels of the nation for its highest standards of medical care and treatment and it is hoped that it will rise to further heights to serve the Armed Forces and the Nation in years to come!

Written by Brig (R) Muhammad ALimuddin on request of CO MH Rawalpindi for the centenary celebrations.

Reproduced with kind courtesy from the Archives of MH Rawalpindi.

  

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

I had also the honor to served in MH Rawalpindi as Captain Babur Zahiruddin, along with my sister Col. Sabira Jalal.

One of my nephew's Maj Abdul Majid Medical Specialist also served in this Hospital.