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Dr Naseer passes away
Death widely condoled, invaluable services in medical field remembered
SRINAGAR, Oct 11: Legendary physician and former principal of government medical college Srinagar Dr Syed Naseer Ahmad Shah passed away at his Kralsangri residence here this morning.

He was not well for some time . Dr Naseer’s death is being widely condoled and his contribution in medical field and social service remembered. Large number of people from different walks of life joined his funeral and visited his bereaved family to offer condolences.

Dr Naseer was born in 1928 in Teetwal Karnah . He did his MBBS from Lahore University then MRCP from London. He married renowned doctor and former principal GMC Srinagar, Dr Girja Dhar.

Dr Naseer dedicated his whole life for well-being of people of the state and in establishing government medical college and associated hospitals. He was the longest serving principal of GMC Srinagar and had retired voluntarily at the age of 53 years.

Dr Naseer took over as the principal and dean of medical college Srinagar in 1967-1968 and along with this it brought significant changes to the system and promoted teaching and raised level of medical education. During his administration, a postgraduate laboratory was established in the medical school which was to do advanced biochemical laboratory tests. This was a new concept at a time when laboratory services in the state were at infancy. He strongly supported post-graduation in various specialities and used his personal influence to get it started and recognized in multiple departments by the medical council of India. Government medical college Srinagar received recognition by medical council of India during his regimen. He started multiple academic activities in the medical school including the first ever national conference in pharmacology.

An outreach programme named as Chitranjan mobile hospital was a significant contribution by his efforts. This hospital extended high quality healthcare to far flung regions of the state including border regions like Karen, Kargil, Karnah and Gurez.

Dr Naseer was highly rated by stalwarts of medicine at the national level and he held important positions in the governing councils of apical Institutions like PGI Chandigarh and AIIMS Delhi. This further brought realization and recognition of the medical school Srinagar and improved its rating to 4th college at national level. This made a big impact as acceptability of medical students at national and international level became easier and smoother.

As a physician Dr Naseer not only treated the illness but imparted a personal care and support and did it with a style which was unique. This made him a very popular physician and he attained great respect from his patients. He was very considerate and loved those whom he worked with and went on to help everyone in his personal and family problems.

One important aspect of Dr Naseer ‘s career has been his commitment to patient care. He started serving those in need very early when he returned from UK in around 1958 in his private chamber and continued to do it even when he has reached to be an octogenarian. Over these years he has treated millions of those in distress and given healing touch to most. This part of his service over these years to the community is a huge contribution especially during times (sixties and seventies) when State has had paucity of doctors.

Meanwhile, chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condoled the death of Dr Naseer. Paying tributes to late Dr. Naseer, the chief minister said he would for long be remembered for promoting teaching and raising the level of medical education in the College.

Mehbooba Mufti has prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and conveyed her personal sympathies to Dr. Girja Dhar, wife of late Dr. Naseer.

Former minister and Congress leader, Prof Saifu Din Soz has condoled the death of former Principal of GMC Srinagar ." I am deeply saddened by the demise of Dr. Naseer Ahmad Shah, one of the foremost physician specialists of Jammu and Kashmir. It was in Dr. Shah's stewardship of Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, that it gained a reputation for excellence. I know it on the basis of my personal knowledge that it was when Dr. Shah was heading GMC that it was recognized by the Medical Council of India as one of the best medical colleges in northern India,” Soz said in a statement.

National Conference president, Dr Farooq Abdullah and NC working president Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the demise of Dr Naseer Shah and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

Expressing solidarity with his family in this moment of grief, the NC President expressed his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family.

NC working president Omar Abdullah described Dr Shah as an icon in states health sector whose contribution in health and other allied fields remains unparalleled. He later participated in his funeral prayers at Nishat Srinagar.

News Updated at : Thursday, October 12, 2017
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