This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

 
Medicine


The Goan community that lived in the old Cinncinatus Town (now Garden East) besides producing the bulk of priests and nuns to the Religious Orders also has the distinction of having produced the most doctors. The first Goan doctor in pre-partition Pakistan apparently was a Dr. Captain Caldeira, whose daughter Isobel married Harold Nazareth (OB's brother).

One of the most significant contributions at the time of the Indo-Pak partition came from the onerous services of Dr. Orphin D'Sa, Dr. Bonnie Rodrigues, Dr. Bella Lobo, Dr. Angelo Freitas, Dr. Monica Smith and others who, as quoted by one who was present, "They not only ran their clinics but helped the refugees pouring in from India in 1947."

Medicine was a common course of study for young men and women from many Goan families in the past. I would assume there were a lot of inspiration, guidance and privilege to becoming a doctor then but the trend diminished with the passage of time and the availability of other 'attractive' options like Business (MBA) and Information Technology (IT). The number of doctors qualifying today is almost negligible and we barely have any Goan taking up medicine as a profession, a few have made a mark such as Dr. Marie Andrades at the prestigious and 'expensive' Aga Khan University Hospital.
 

 

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