APPS UK PRESS RELEASE:
The Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the UK held its Manchester Gala Dinner last night at the Royal Excellency in Manchester.
Nearly 600 members of the Association and their families attended this prestigious event. It included with a grand opening ceremony and fireworks followed by APPS UK Trailer highlighting the achievements of the association so far.
Dr Altaf Khatakk lead dua for Junaid Jamshed and the other 47 recent victims of the tragic plane crash in Pakistan.
All guests really participated in the national anthems of both the United Kingdom and Pakistan.
Dr Bilal Ali, GP from Cardiff, and Dr Amber Tahir, Consultant Gynaecologist from Birmingham, welcomed all the guests on behalf of the Association in their inspiring speeches.
A beautiful traditional Egyptian dancer entertained everyone with his classical sufi whirling darvaish performance.
APPS UK Mobile Health Team lead by Dr Abdul Hafeez gave a powerful presentation about the State of the Art ‘Free Mobile Health Units’ serving the remote rural communities in Pakistan. This project will develop further over 4 phases starting from day time service primary care service to night time emergency cover, to women health champions and lastly electronic medical records. It is expected that this project will change the face of rural health in Pakistan.
The children’s beautiful performance of milli naghma ‘Hum Zinda Qaum Haen’ touched every one’s heart.
APPS UK’s Chair Dr Ayaz Asghar, in his key note speech presented the annual report and the vision of the Association. He highlighted the projects that are being undertaken by APPS UK such as Bannu Project, Mobile Health Units, APPS UK Teaching and Public Health Awareness Programmes, Journal of APPS UK and Support network for doctors in difficulty. He also informed guests about the plans of hosting APPS UK Medical Conference during 2017 in partnership with Pakistan High Commission as part of the celebration of 70 years of independence.
The Chief Guest of the Event was Mr Ikram Butt, former Professional England Rugby player and first Asian to play for England Rugby. He applauded the work of the association.
Dr Iqbal, APPS UK Foundation President, along with the board of trustees asked guests to support the work of the association both physically and financially. He also presented a special shield to Mrs Asma Ali on her donation of £20,000.
In the end, Dr Suhail Chughtai, Head of APPS UK London Chapter, conducted the draw for 2 tickets to Venice, Italy. APPS UK also presented Appreciation Awards to the heads and representatives of alumni bodies in the UK. Dr Ishfaq Ahmed won the ‘APPS UK Executive Member of the Year Award’.
Guests also enjoyed beautiful performances of Dr Ghulam Qasim, Dr Naeem Ashraf, Nish and Asif Raza.
The programme concluded with a standing ovation by all guest as a tribute to Junaid Jamshed with Dil Dil Pakistan.