Maj Gen (retd) Dr M A Mohaiemen no more
Maj Gen (retd) Dr Mohammad Abdul Mohaiemen died at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka on August 3. He died of old-age complications.
His burial was completed at Banani Military Graveyard with guard of honour salute.
He was a pioneering military cardio-thoracic surgeon in East Pakistan and independent Bangladesh. He was born on December 5, 1936 to District Magistrate Maulvi Emdad Ali and Sufiya Khatun in Bogura.
Maj Gen (Retd) Dr M A Mohaiemen received an MBBS degree at Dacca Medical College (1958), and FRCS from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (1969).
As a surgeon he served in the Army Medical Corps, Pakistan Army (1959-1971) and Army Medical Corps, Bangladesh Army (1973-1996). He also served in the delegation to Okba Bin Naafe Military Hospital, Tripoli, Libya (1975-1979) as part of the Libya-Bangladesh friendship treaty enacted by the government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Mohaiemen served as a Wartime Field Surgeon during 1965 India-Pakistan War at Kutch, for which he received Khidmat-e-Pakistan and Sitara e Harb medal. From 1971-1973, he was one of hundreds of Bengali army officers imprisoned in prison camps in West Pakistan as Prisoner of War (POW), released only after the 1973 Simla Accord. For service in the 1971 Liberation War, he received the Joy Padak and Constitution Medal.
At CMH, he introduced Laparoscopic Surgery, Advanced Neurosurgery, Endoscopic Joint Surgery, Advanced Microscopic Methods of ENT Surgery, and Phako Surgery for Cataracts. He retired in 1995 as Consultant Surgeon General at Major General rank.
After retirement he taught surgery at Jahurul Islam Medical College, Bajitpur (1996-2010), and Armed Forces Medical College, Dhaka (2010-2020). He also served as Chairman of Sufiya Khatun Girls School, Baufal, Patuakhali established by his father Maulvi Emdad Ali.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, teacher Nilufar Begum Mohaiemen, and his two sons Naeem Mohaiemen and Zaed Mohaiemen.