KARACHI: Former executive director of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Dr Seemin Jamali passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 61, her family confirmed Saturday evening.
On Monday, Dr Jamali was said to be in critical condition after her health severely deteriorated.
The medic, who is one of the most successful and renowned doctors in Pakistan, was being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) at a private hospital.
Jamali — who is also known as an iron lady or bullet lady — had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2020.
She was on a BiPAP machine after her oxygen levels dropped. Dr Jamali's husband had said she was admitted to the hospital after her condition worsened last Friday.
Dr Jamali's journey started in Nawabshah where she attended medical school. She also received a master's degree in Public Health Management from Thailand.
Years later in 1988, she joined Jinnah Hospital to serve the people of Pakistan at a government facility.
She started serving as the executive director for JPMC, which is one of the largest public healthcare facilities in the country, in November 2016.
Since then, she had been the face of the hospital and the first point of contact whenever medical emergencies took place in Karachi.
She retired from the service in August 2021.
Jamali is a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) for her exceptional services in the field of medicine.
Foreign Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed his condolences, saying Dr Jamali "was a brave and responsible officer and her death is a great loss for the health sector".
"Her services during the COVID-19 pandemic are also unforgettable," he said in a statement.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Dr Jamali bravely rendered valuable services in the world of medicine which were also appreciated globally.
"Dr Seemin Jamali was Pakistan's pride," added the information minister.
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