Former JPMC head Dr. Seemin Jamali died in Karachi at age 61.
Dr. Seemin Jamali died on Saturday in Karachi, her family said. She was the former head of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
Her brother Bilal Memon told that Dr. Jamali had cancer and that she died at 7:30 p.m. today at Aga Khan University Hospital, where she had been for about eight days. He also said that she was 61 years old.
Memon said that Dr. Jamali was survived by her husband, Dr. AR Jamali, and their two boys, Omar Jamali and Baber Jamali.
Her family said in a note of sympathy that her funeral prayers will be held at the JPMC mosque at Asr tomorrow (Sunday).
Sindh’s Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, was saddened by Dr. Jamali’s death. He said that she was a “very brave and strong woman” who he will miss.
In a statement, he hoped for her to get high ranks.
Dr. Jamali’s death was also called “a great loss for the health sector” by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
In a statement, he said that Dr. Seemin Jamali’s help during Covid-19 would never be forgotten.
In a separate text, he told her family how sorry he was.
Dr. Jamali’s long and successful work as a doctor
Dr. Jamali became a medical officer at JPMC in 1988, after she finished her medical schooling in Nawabshah and her internship at the Civil Hospital in Karachi.
In 1993, she went to Thailand to get a master’s degree in public health management (MPHM). In 1995, she was put in charge of the emergency room at JPMC.
Later, she was given a scholarship to do a post-doctoral study at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, in public health policy and injury prevention.
In 2010, Dr. Jamali became a co-executive director of the hospital. After six years, he became the hospital’s executive director. She did a lot of things that had never been done before in the public sector in Sindh. For example, she started an emergency care training program at JPMC and set up a hospital and a center for treating dog bites.
In 2010, she was on duty when a bomb went off outside the hospital and hurt many people, including her.
This tragedy made her want to turn the emergency room into a modern unit with the help of both the public and private sectors.
After 33 years of work, Dr. Jamali will leave JPMC in 2021.
During her service, she was honored and given many national and foreign awards, such as the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and the Women Achievement Awards.