BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Dr Ejaz Tahseen died two years ago but he lives on in the memories of hundreds of his lovers and admirers in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).
Tahseeen who died on May 21, 2014 at the age of 80 was among the pioneering medical doctors in G-B, having completed his MBBS from Khyber medical college Peshawar in 1969.
He then preferred to private practice over joining government service primarily to continue social work in a region that was way behind in health facilities during 70s. There was hardly a clinic then in Gilgit, the capital city of G-B.
“Dr Tahseen was a man who will always be missed,” says Waqas Khawar, a resident of Gilgit.
“He was a fatherly figure for many destitute.”
In his clinic, which he setup in Gilgit city soon after completing education, he would charge patients a nominal fee. And for the poor, it was entirely free.
“I knew him, he would examine more than 50 percent of patients free of cost daily,” said Sabir, another resident.
Dr Tahseen was one of the members whose efforts saw in late 70s establishment of Public School & College Gilgit, the biggest educational institutions in the region. He was later made a member of board of governors of the institution.
From 1973 to 1981 he served as director rural health program, during which 2900 “Health Guards” were trained in G-B. Of those, 900 were women who were trained on the pattern of China’s Bare Foot Doctors to provide basic health facilities to the remote communities. At that time 195000 children were administered BCG vaccine, a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis.
Besides his social work, he also paid attention to politics and was one of the founding members of PPP in G-B.
“My father was a kind hearted man and always believed in welfare of humanity,” said Zeeshan Ejaz, one of his three sons.
He said in recognition of his services he was nominated for three international awards including Who is who in the world 1991 Edition, International Personalities of Achievement ( Cambridge 1991) and Men of International achievement ( Cambridge 1991).