Monday, January 3, 2011

Dr. Zahida Baqai

Dr. Zahida Baqai’s father migrated to Calcutta from Rudawli, Barabanki in the United Provinces, India, in the wake of the 1857 freedom-movement against British Raj. They again migrated to Dhaka after independence in 1947. Her father, Salimullah Fahmi was a BCS (Bengal Civil Service) Officer and held important posts in the former East Pakistan as well as in the federal Government set up. Salimullah Fahmi was a man of many interests: Administrator, Social worker, Intellect, Tranquil, proficient in Urdu, Bengali and English, broadcaster and a poet of standing. Fahmi Health Education Centre bears his name.

Mrs. Zahida Baqai secured her MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College and completed her house job in Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi. She then pro­ceeded to England and obtained her MRCOG. After return from U.K. she got married to Dr. F.U. Baqai. For sometime she also served in the Pakistan Navy as gynaecologist (CMP). Later in recognition of her meritori­ous accomplishments in the med­ical field, she earned the prestigious honour of being elected FRCOG.

She is the pioneer in the field of IVF in Pakistan & she established Baqai Institute of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences. Dr. Zahida Baqai, besides developing her own talent and skill, inherited quite a few qualities of her father, which helped her in managing the affairs of the various projects with efficiency.