Dr Firdous Awan: an exception among MNAs
A matter of four miracles The return of the marriage meal Dr Firdous Awan: an exception among MNAs
...Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan
has no political ambitions.The reason why the MNA, elected on a reserved seat by the PML-Q, joined the political caucus in the National Assembly is to promote her
"I'm not interested in politics.For me, political achievement is a tool which I want to use to mobilize the government for a better system in health care," says Dr Firdous Awan
That says a lot about this 31-year-old, who is a graduate of the Fatima Jinnah Medical College
, working at an inhuman pace of 19 hours daily.
"I'm crazy about my work.You'll find me going from one hospital to another, helping patients needing urgent attention." Her
target after taking her
seat in the lower house of parliament is to start and ante and post-natal care programmes for the mother and child.
I know that political influence is necessary for the kind of medical programme I am working on," admits Dr Awan
Getting nominated from the PML-Q's platform is a sure surprise to people who are familiar with Dr Firdous Awan's family.
Not swayed by familial ties, Dr Firdous Awan
decided to choose her
own independent course, which strengthened her
impression of a woman not motivated by politics, but measuring parties by their actions.
"In 1996, the Punjab was badly hit by floods.I had just graduated from the FJ and had also established an organization -- Shade -- which gave free medical aid to people.We were working round-the-clock in the worst-hit areas when Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister at that time, approached me," explains Dr Firdous Awan
. Dr Awan, who was also the house officer at the Ganga Ram Hospital, and her Shade team were spared all the appropriate assistance to help the flood affected victims.
It greatly facilitated her
work, at the same time made her
realize the importance of political influence."We worked untiringly for consecutive 36 days." She
holds a post-graduate diploma, sponsored by the UN, in hospital administration.Besides being president of her self-pioneered, non-governmental organization, she is vice-president of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), president of the Pakistan Medical Association and vice chairperson of the All Pakistan Youth Federation.
It is the first time in the history of WAY
, an international co-ordinating body of national youth councils and organizations, established in 1949, to have someone from Pakistan as vice-president.
"I got 87 out of 92 votes in the election held in January 2002.I defeated the Indian secretary-general of the organization to get the position," claims the doctor. Dr Awan
is one of few women to sit in the assembly with an impressive educational and professional record.She
is also among a handful of women whose work shows more than her
Top of PageA matter of four miracles
It took almost four miracles to clear the way for the newly elected National Assembly to commence its term of office on Saturday.
First, a group of 10 PPP(P) MNAs was "bought off" about a day before the date fixed for the oath-taking session of the House.