History of Pakistan Medical Association (Centre)
The Pakistan Medical Association was established in
1948 in Dhaka. It was inaugurated by the Quaid-e-Azam.
The Speech of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the
founder of Pakistan, on the inauguration ceremony of
Pakistan Medical Association in March 1948.
“I have learnt with great interest that the Pakistan Medical Association has been formed and is going to be inaugurated on Saturday the 27th March, 1948 in Dhaka. This Association, I hope, will serve earnestly to organize the medical profession in Pakistan on a high level befitting our State. It can render many services if it is well organized and efficient. For example, it can help to speed up medical relief of which we stand in very great need indeed at present. It will also keep medical and social contact with similar interests in other parts of the world for exchange of views and ideas from time to time, and thereby establish better understanding in solving medical problems peculiar to various countries and Pakistan. I wish Pakistan Medical Association all success. – Pakistan Zindabad”
Message to the Pakistan Medical Association,
Dhaka on the 26th March, 1948
It was later moved to Karachi to provide opportunity for its rapid development and growth, which became its permanent headquarters.
In Karachi, a detailed Constitution was drafted and approved. The Association was registered under the Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1960 and branches were established all over Pakistan.
The first All-Pakistan Medical Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan at Karachi. A beginning was made by inviting medical delegates from different countries of the world to attend our Biennial Conference. A tradition was laid down for international cooperation which has since grown with the passage of time.
Pakistan Medical Association is the founder-member of the World Medical
Association, and has always taken active and constructive part in its activities. Pakistan Medical Association is also an active member of confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania. In 1961, at the request of British
Medical Association mutual affiliation between British Medical Association and Pakistan Medical Association was achieved. In November 1966, a joint meeting of British and Pakistan Medical Association was held at Karachi. The Pakistan Medical Association was an active member of the Commonwealth Medical Association and took keen interest in its development and growth. The Association has taken active part in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th World Conference on medical education. The World Medical Association had decided to hold the Third World Conference on medical education in Pakistan. However, in view of the fact that Pakistan has no diplomatic relations with Israel, the Third World Conference could not be held in Karachi.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
- To promote the Medical and Allied Sciences.
- To maintain the honour and dignity of the Medical Profession and to protect the interest, rights and privileges of the members of the Association and to develop the spirit amongst the members for doing their duty, Medical, Ethical, Social and Civil in all aspects of the national and individual life.
- To help the profession in protecting and caring for the physical and mental well being of the people of Pakistan.
- To take measures for the improvement and advancement of Medical Education in Pakistan.
- To urging the Government to raise the standard of medical education in medical colleges.
- To carrying on a campaign against quackery and other unhealthy practices in the country.
- To maintain cooperation and solidarity amongst the members of the Association, and to faster the spirit of brotherhood.
- To draw the member of Medical Profession and the general public, they serve, closer and develop better understanding between them.
- To give professional and expert help, advice and cooperation of the Medical profession to the Government and the organized bodies in their work on the administration and management of health matter and Medical Education etc.
- To guide and help members of the profession especially new entrants in the establishment of their career.
- To safeguard and defend the interest and integrity of the members of the Medical Profession through ethical, moral or legal means at the disposal of the Association.
- To help the families of the deceased, disabled and ailing members of the profession.