Ernest Lall and Pramila Lall – The White of Pakistan


Dr Ernest Lall and his ophthalmologist wife from Nagpur, Dr. Pramila Lall worked at Christian Hospital, Taxila for over five decades extending low cost high quality medical care to millions of Pakistanis. They were instrumental in reviving it from the verge of closing down and transforming it into a large and stable general hospital. They both graduated from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India in 1957. Ernest doing his residency in Surgery and Pramila in Ophthalmology. After getting married in March the same year, they moved to the tiny but historic city of Taxila, Pakistan where they joined a small Eye Hospital being run by missionaries from the Presbyterian Church of USA. Dr. Ernest Lall started his career as a surgeon and in 1965 was appointed the first Pakistani Medical Superintendent of the now world famous Christian Eye Hospital, Taxila. Over the years he has added a total of 76 buildings to the hospital Dr. Lall was the first Executive Secretary of the autonomous Presbyterian Church of Pakistan. He was instrumental in the creation of the Christian Hospital Association of Pakistan, the first cooperative body of Protestant and Catholic churches. He is a founder member of the Presbyterian Medical Board, founder member of Dar-ul-Hikmat, founder member of the Society for Cooperative Development and a Board Member of Gordon College Rawalpindi , Christian Hospital Quetta and Christian Hospital, Tank.

Dr Ernest Lall and Pramila Lall

Dr. Pramila Lall received her Diploma in Ophthalmology from London in 1964 and became the first female ophthalmologist in Pakistan. She received a Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London in 1980 and was nominated as International Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists in 1987. In 1976 she became the first woman to perform Intraocular Implant Surgery in Pakistan. She is a founder member of the Rawalpindi branch of the Ophthalmologist Society of Pakistan. Over the years she has trained many national and foreign doctors in Eye Surgery and Clinical Ophthalmology. She is a Member of the National Steering Committee for the Prevention of Blindness and as head of the department of Ophthalmology she is responsible for running the membership training programs. In 1983 she received the Paul Harrison Award for Meritorious services to the ailing blind. In recognition of her services, the Government of Pakistan awarded her Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2002.


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