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Dr. Ernest Hall: A Health Messiah

Dr. Ernest Hall with his spouse strengthens the Pakistan Health system. Still, there are some people in this world who keep the system going. Otherwise, our socially created demons make this place a real hell. Their little moves bring some major changes to people’s lives. Dr. Ernest Lall and his wife Dr. Pramila Lall are primarily the saviors. Let’s get into their lives!

Early life and education of Dr. Ernest Hall

Mr. Ernest was born in Pakistan. Dr did his MBBS in 1949. He was graduated from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India in 1957. He got married to his classmate from CMC and then both Ernest and Pramila shifted to a tiny but historic city of Taxila, Pakistan. There they joined a small Eye Hospital which was run by missionaries from the Presbyterian Church of the USA. He started his career as the first Pakistani Medical Superintendent in 1965 and later become the renowned surgeon not only in Taxila but in the whole of Pakistan.

He and his ophthalmologist based in Nagpur worked hard at a Christian hospital in Taxila for over 5 decades despite all odds. Apart from that, they extend this genuine and high-quality yet low-cost healthcare to gazillions of Pakistanis. They transform the entire hospital, which is on the edge of shutting down, into a more stable and equipped one. Ernest is an expert in his field which is surgery. 

Founder of various organizations

Pramila Lall did more than 200,000 cataract operations and Ernest added a total of 76 buildings to the hospital. He became the first Executive Secretary of the autonomous Presbyterian Church of Pakistan. His philanthropic journey didn’t just end here. As he was quite instrumental in the creation of the Christian Hospital Association of Pakistan.

CHA was the first cooperative body of Protestant and Catholic churches. Moreover, he is the initiator of the Presbyterian Medical Board, founder 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. 

Recipient of several awards

Due to his and his wife’s commendable efforts, they both got various awards. Ernest received Nazriya Pakistan Council 2010 Award for his service to the people of Pakistan since September 1957. In this ceremony, he was the only Christian among the 12 distinguished recipients, who included two army Generals and two women athletes. The award ceremony took place in the territory of Islamabad on March 23, 2010.

He received this honor from the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousef Raza Gilani. Also, he and Pramila were awarded the Paul Harrison prize by CMC in 1984, for their challenging demonstration of effective Christian medical service. Pramila also received an additional Presidential Award in 2002 because of his continued efforts after the suicide grenade attack on their hospital in 2002 which kill many frontline workers i.e., three nurses, and damage the peripheries of 25 buildings.

She said in the interview that:

The award glory has come and gone but we are back to work at Taxila

Dr. Pramila Lal

Zunaira Ali is the Freelance writer. She is working at STUDENTINN SOLUTIONS as Intern Content Writer. She is also part of MainHOONPakistan and contributing to HumSayPakistan.

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