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Brief History

Our History

The Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) is the oldest specialist professional body. Its foundations were laid in March 1957 when Prof.H.Dewattleville, President of International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics (FIGO) visited Karachi. He addressed the students, the staff members of the Dow Medical College, Karachi and member of the Pakistan Medical Council. He stressed the importance of having a Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Pakistan. Later in the same year MBBS Examination, there was a meeting to discuss the formation of the Society. This was attended by 15 Gynecologists and Obstetricians including Professors from all over Pakistan. The aims and objects of the Society were discussed at length. As a result of this meeting the first ad hoc Governing Body of the Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Pakistan was formed with the following office bearers.


THE FOUNDER OFFICE BEARERS WERE

PRESIDENT

Secretary

Treasurer

Prof. Abdus Samed Chaudhari
Dr. Alvi
Dr. Zubaida Sobani


THE FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY WERE

Dr. Miss S. A. Siddiki

Dr. Samie

Karachi
Lahore

Dr. Abdul Samed Chaudhari

Dr. Noor Ahmed Seyal

Karachi
Multan

Dr. Mrs. Abbasi

Dr. Mahammad Nazir Ahmed

Karachi
Karachi

Dr. M. Alvi

Dr. Mrs. Zubaida Aziz

Karachi
Karachi

Dr. Bilquis Fatima

Dr. M. Chaudhari

Lahore
Karachi

Dr. Ghulam Bheek

Dr. Miss Zubaida Sobani

Lahore
Karachi

Dr. Abdul Samed Chaudhari

Dr. Noor Ahmed Seyal

Karachi
Multan


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Soon after, a preliminary constitution was drawn up by the constitution committee, which was formed at the first meeting of the Society on 24th June 1957. The constitution was published in August 1957 issue of the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) after being circulated to the members. The Ministry of Health, Govrnment of Pakistan was informed regarding the formation fo the ad hoc governing body. It was dicided to have a Central Office in Karachi and to form branches all over Pakistan.

In 1958 there was another meeting of obstetricians & gynaecologists of Pakistan at the time of Annual Conference of Pakistan Medical Association(PMA) and the first elections were held. Dr. Samie of Lady Willington Hospital, Lahore was elected President as proposed by Prof. N. Seyal and seconded by Dr. Miss Sobani. Between 1958 and 1962 there were 50 clinical meetings at different places in Karachi including the Dow Medical College and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, and about a dozen Clinico-pathalogical Conferences. At these seminars and meetings gynaecologists of the city and professors from different Medical Colleges all over Pakistan were invited. Some foreign visitors also attended these meetings including Prof. Mclennan as a representative of Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCDG) in May 1961, and Prof. Jeffcoate of Liverpool.

On 15 November 1962 a general body meeting was held and was largely attended. Among those present were: Dr. Bilquis Fatima, Dr. Zubaida Aziz, Dr. Noor Ahmed Seyal, Dr. Alvi, Dr. Z. Sobani, Dr. Narges. Talani, Dr. Mahammad Said, Dr. A. S. Chaudhuri, Dr. S/ A. Siddiki, Dr. Shaukat Haroon, Dr. Masiur Rehman (East Pakistan) and twenty one other doctors.

The meeting was opened by Prof. Chaudhri giving a summary of the activities of the Society. The 2nd Election took place in this meeting. The following were elected.

Dr. A. S. Chaudhri, President (proposed by Dr. Seyal seconded by Dr. Bilquis Fatima). Vice President (West Pakistan) Dr. Bilquis Fatima (East Pakistan) Dr. Nurul Islam, Secretary, Dr. Shaukat Haroon (Proposed by Dr. Seyal seconded by Dr. Zubaida Azia), Joint Secretary (East) Dr. Masiur Rehman (West) Dr. Salar Aziz (Hyderabad), Treasurer, Dr. Alvi (Proposed by Dr. Haroon seconded by Dr. Chaudhuri) Executive Members: Dr. Seyal (Multan), Dr. Miss S. Siddiki, Dr. Z. Aziz, Dr. N. Talati, Dr. Shafqat Muneer (Peshawar), Dr. Qudsia Omar, Dr. M. Said and one member from East Pakistan.

The amended constitution was read out and proposed for acceptance by Dr. Seyal and seconded by Dr. Alvi. This list of the elected members of the Governing body was sent to Ministry of Health.

At this time it was decided to start a Journal of Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and several committees were formed.




SEVERAL COMMITTEES

Maternal Mortality Committee

Perinatal Mortality Committee

Scientific Committee

Social Committee

Research Committee




The Maternal Mortality Committee tried to collect data of maternal deaths in the form of confidential enquires from all over Pakistan, unfortunately the response was poor.

The then President of the Society was and active member of a joint study group of Internaional Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, and International Confederation of Midwives on International Survey of Midvifery practice and training.

Due to unavoidable circumstances, elections could not be held for some time. Dr. Shaukat Haroon, the Secretary of the Society passed away suddenly on 27th July 1968 and Dr. Mahmuda Said who was already working jointly with Dr. Shaukat Haroon, was asked to take over the responsibilitis of the Secretary.

During all this time, the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Session of the Annual Symposium of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) was used as a forum for scientific activities of the Society. Two seminars were held in 1977 and 1978 with the collaboration of WHO. In March 1977, a seminar on Tumours of Female Genital Tract, and in February, 1978, on Perinatal Care.

In March 1977, during the seminar of Tumours of the Female Genital Tract , a General Body Meeting was held and Prof. Zubaida Aziz was elected as President until the general elections. A constitution amendment committee was formed to amend the constitution to suit the changing circumstances (i.e. the separation of East Pakistan). This was done and the amended constitution circulated among members, finally passed after approval and reregistered. The meetings of the Society, including clinical conferences were now held on the first Saturday of every month in hospitals of the city.

The general elections were held in February in 1979.

The following members were elected as members of the governing body:




FIRST ELECTED GOVERNING BODY

PRESIDENT

DR.MEHMOODA SAID

VICE PRESIDENT

DR. BILQUIS FATIMA (PUNJAB)

DR. MUMTAZ K. FARUQUI (NWFP)

DR. FEHMIDA NAHEED (BALOCHISTAN)

SECRETARY

DR. SADIQUA N. JAFAREY

JOINT SECRETARY

DR. FARIDON SETNA

TREASURER

DR. SAIDA SIDDIQUI

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

DR. ZUBAIDA AZIZ

DR. FARIDON SETNA.

DR. RAZIA LATIF ANSARI

DR. RAZIA AKHANI

DR. ANWAR SHADI KHAN

DR. NASEEM BANI REHMAN

DR. NOOR JAHAN SAMAD




THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES WERE ALSO FORMED

Maternal Mortality

Perinatal Mortality

Scientific Committee

Research Committee

Social Committee

Oncology Committee




Affiliations
The Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Pakistan is affiliated to

AOFOG

Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

FIGO

International Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

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SAFOG

South Asian Federation Obstetrics & Gynaecology

WMA

The World Medical Association

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CIOMS

The Council of Internal Organization of Medical Sciences

WHO

The World Medical Association

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The elections of the Society are held every three years.

The Secretary and the Treasurer are elected from Karachi where the central office is located. The office of the President rotates between different provinces and the Vice Presidents are elected from provinces other than that of the President.





OFFICE BEARERS OF THE SOGP
Since 1983 the following have been the office bearers of the SOGP

President

Prof. Mahmuda Said

Vice President

Prof. Bilquis Manzoor (Punjab)

Prof. Fehmida Naheed (Balochistan)

Secretary

Dr. Nafees Burney (Late)

Joint Secretary

Dr Saeeda Siddiqui

Treasurer

Dr Bilquis Manzoor

Executive Members

Prof. Mahmuda Said
Prof. Sadiqua N. Jafarey
Prof. Razia Ansari
Prof. Noor Jehan Samad
Prof. Abdul Majeed Memon
Dr. Anwar Shadi Khan

President

Prof. Mumtaz Khattak

Vice President

Prof Aftab Muneer

Secretary

Dr. Nafees Burney

Joint Secretary

Dr Saeeda Siddiqui

Treasurer

Dr Bilquis Manzoor

Executive Members

Prof. Mahmuda Said
Prof. Sadiqua N. Jafarey
Prof. Razia Ansari
Prof. Noor Jehan Samad
Prof. Abdul Majeed Memon
Dr. Anwar Shadi Khan

President

Prof. Fakhar-un-Nisa

Vice President

Prof. Majeed Memon

Prof. Shafiq Ahmed

Dr. Shahnaz Baloch

Secretary

Dr. Shadi Khan

Joint Secretary

Dr. Fehmida Naheed

Treasurer

Dr. Salma Mohsin

Executive Members

Prof. Mahmuda Said
Prof. Sadiqua N. Jafarey
Prof. Zubaida Aziz
Prof. Mumtaz Khattak
Prof. Nurjehan Samad
Dr. Azema Qureshi

President

Prof. Sadiqua N. Jafarey

Vice President

Prof. Rashid Latif Khan

Prof. Shafiq Ahmed

Dr. Shahnz Baloch

Secretary

Dr. Shahida Zaidi

Joint Secretary

Dr. Yasmin Rasheed

Treasurer

Dr. Haleema Hashmi

Executive Members

Prof. Mahmuda Said
Dr. Anwar Shahi Khan
Prof. Aftab Munir
Prof. Mumtaz Khattak
Prof. Nurjehan Samad
Dr. Nafees Burney

President

Prof. Shafiq Ahmed

Vice President

Prof Majeed Memon

Prof. Hajra Hanif

Dr. Arifa Anwar

Secretary

Dr. Haleema Hashmi

Joint Secretary

Prof. Saeeda Majeed

Treasurer

Dr. Shahzaki Neelam

Executive Members

Prof. Mahmuda Said
Prof. Sadiqua N. Jafery
Prof. Aftab Munir
Prof. Noor Jahan Samad
Prof. Rehana Malik
Dr. Shahida Zaidi

President

Prof Rashid Latif Khan

Vice President

Prof Nurjehan Samad

Prof Saeeda Majeed

Prof. Shahnaz Baloch

Secretary

Dr. Rubina Idrees Siddiqui

Joint Secretary

Dr. G. S. Riaz

Treasurer

Dr. Shereen Zulfiqar Bhutta

Executive Members

Prof. Sadiqua N. Jafarey
Prof. Abdul Majeed Memon
Dr. Shahida Zaidi
Prof. Haleema A. Hashmi
Prof. Hasan Fatima Jaffery

President

Prof Aftab Munir

Vice President

Prof. Farrukh Zaman

Dr. Nasreen Ruby Faiz

Dr. Tasneem Ashraf

Secretary

Dr. Shereen Zulfiqar Bhutta

Joint Secretary

Dr. Mehmood Aleem

Treasurer

Dr. Subhana Tayyab

Executive Members

Prof. Sadiqua N. Jaferey
Prof. Rashid Latif Khan
Dr. Shahida Zaidi
Dr. Haleema Akhtar Hashmi
Dr. Rubina Idrees

President

Prof. Shahnaz N. Baloch

Vice President

Prof. Nargis Soomro

Prof. Bilquis Afridi

Secretary

Dr. Subhana Tayyab

Joint Secretary

Dr. Naila Ehsan

Treasurer

Dr. Razia Korejo

Executive Members

Prof. Aftab Muneer
Prof. Rashid Latif Khan
Prof. Farrukh Zaman
Dr. Shahida Zaidi
Dr. Rahatunnisa
Dr. Shereen Zulfiqar Bhutta

President

Prof. Farrukh Zaman

Vice President

Prof. Haleema A. Hashmi

Prof. Lubna Hassan

Prof. Rubina Shah

Secretary

Dr. Razia Korejo

Joint Secretary

Dr. Rubina Sohail

Treasurer

Prof. Rubina Hussain

Executive Members

Prof. Rashid Latif Khan
Prof. Yasmin Rashid
Dr. Shahida Zaidi
Dr. Shereen Z.Bhutta
Prof. Shahnaz N. Baloch
Prof. Subhana Tayyab

President

Dr. Shershah Syed

Vice President

Prof. Arif Tajammul (Punjab)

Prof. Shahnaz Akhtar (NWFP)

Prof. Tasneem Ashraf (Balochistan)

Secretary

Dr. Ayesha Kamal Nasir

Joint Secretary

Dr. Fareed Zafar

Treasurer

Dr. Nighat Shah

Executive Members

Prof. Fehmida Naheed
Prof. Farrukh Zaman
Prof. Yasmin Rashid
Prof. Shereen Z. Bhutta
Prof. Muhammad Tayyab
Dr. Razia Korejo

President

Prof. Lubna Hassan

Vice President

Prof. Shereen Z. Bhutta (Sindh)

Prof. Fareed Zafar (Punjab)

Prof. Aisha Siddiqa (Balochistan)

Secretary

Dr. Nighat Shah

Joint Secretary

Prof. Muhammad Arshad Chohan

Treasurer

Dr. Haleema Yasmin

Executive Members

Prof. Yasmin Rashid
Prof. Shamsa Humyan
Dr. Samrina Hashmi
Dr. Sadia Ahsan Pal
Dr. Shershah Syed
Dr. Ayesha Kamal Nasir

President

Prof. Tasneem Ashraf (Balochistan)

Vice President

Dr. Razia Korejo (Sindh)

Prof. Aziz un Nisa Abbasi (KPK)

Prof. Muhammad Tayyab (Punjab)

Secretary

Dr. Haleema Yasmin

Joint Secretary

Prof. Aisha Siddiqua

Treasurer

Dr. Shahina Ishtiaq

Executive Members

Prof. Ghazala Mahmud
Prof. Roshan Ara Qazi
Prof. Mahmmad Al Fareed Zaffar
Dr. Shahida Shaikh
Prof. Lubna Hassan
Dr. Nighat Shah



Amendments to the Constitution
Some amendments to the constitution were made by General Body on 16th September 1990

Branches of the Society would be formed in all cities of the country where there was a medical college. Each branch would be headed by a local chairperson, who would be elected by the local members. These local office bearers would be accountable to the Vice President of the province, and would assist him/her in achieving the sole purpose of the local committee viz: promotion of continuing medical education. They would not represent the Society at national or international meetings.

The membership fee raised by the branches would come directly to the main society account in Karachi.

The immediate past President and the Secretary General would be inducted into the Executive Committee to ensure continuity and ease in organizing the affairs of the Society. The numbers of Executive Committee members would remain six.

The Editor of the Pakistan Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology would be elected with each election of the office-bearers.




Newsletter
The Newsletter of SOGP was started in 1990 and has become a regular feature

It appraises the members of the activities of the SOGP.




Surveys of Maternal and Perinatal Deaths
In 1990 and 1991, the SOGP held surveys of maternal deaths and perinatal deaths from hospitals form all over Pakistan

The results have been published as a monograph and in journals.

Recently SOGP together with National Committee for Maternal Health (NCMH) and with the financial assistance of UNICEF (Sindh) has carried out a situation analysis of facilities for emergency obstetrics care in selected districts in Sindh. The salient findings have been published in the Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (JCPSP).




Scientific Meetings
Scientific meetings are held in different cities of Pakistan. In Karachi bi-monthly meeting are held regularly

Biennial scientific conferences are held every two years in different parts of the country. The last one was held in Lahore in October 2003.




Affiliation with International Organizations

AOFOG

The SOGP works in close association with AOFOG. Members of SOGP server on the council of the AOFOG as well as on the editorial board of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology research of AOFOG. Dr. Shahida Zaidi, who has been on council for several years, has been elected as Vice President of AOFOG.

At the same time, an Annual Meeting of ADFOG was held in Lahore and the council members served as resource persons for the Safe Motherhood workshop. The first workshop on Safe Motherhood of the region organized by AOFOG and SOGP was held in Lahore in 1988 and attended by members from all Asia Oceania countries. Since then workshop on Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health have been held all over Pakistan, Karachi, Larkana, Nawabshah, Lahore, Multan, Islamabad, Peshawar and Abottabad. AOFOG initiated they “Young Scientist Award” for young members interested in research. Our first nominees were selected in 1991 and presented papers in Bangkok at the XIIth AOFOG Congress. Since then many young awardees have presented papers both at the AOFOG and the FIGO Congress.

FIGO

In 1997, at the 15th World Congress of International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO) in Copenhagen, Pakistan was elected to Executive Board of FIGO. Prof. R. L. Khan, the then President of SOGP was elected as a member.

South Asia Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SAFOG)

The first SAFOG Congress was held in Lahore in November 1996. A large number of participants from the SAARC countries (Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh) participated and presented papers.

Collaboration with National Organizations

The SOGP works in close collaboration with the national committee on maternal health (NCMH). It has conducted studies related to maternal health with the NCMH and participants in all its activities. SOGP also collaborates with CPSP, PMA and College of Family Medicine in their activities.