We All Should Contribute Towards The Betterment Of The Society: Dr Baqai

By: Zeeshan Khan Tanoli

Dr. Fareed-uddin Baqai was born on 18th September, 1935 at Delhi. He belongs to a Hakeem family of Delhi. He faced lots of difficulties to complete his primary and higher secondary education because his father passed away when he was only five years old.

After migration, he did MBBS from Dow Medical College in 1958 and for FRCS he went to England. Dr Fareed-uddin is not just a doctor but he is also a man of letters.

In his successful life, he was awarded several times. President of Maldeep awarded him with their national award on their national day 2005 and he was the first foreigner to be privileged with such honor.

In the educational institutes, due to his great performance, he was awarded “Professor Ship” by academy of medical sciences. In 2006, he was awarded with life time achievement award at Islamabad by former President General Pervaiz Musharraf.

Dr Fareed-uddin Baqai has done not just done a lot in the field of medicine but also for the betterment of poor people in Pakistan. Baqai foundation has 45 institutions of Health, education and poverty alleviation. Schools and hospitals in the remote areas have been established by him which provides free services.

Today, he is serving as Chancellor of Baqai Medical University, Karachi.

Q: Sir, What  motivates you to do social work?

A: 40% of Pakistan's population is surviving below poverty line. The children wander in the streets. They do not have proper clothes to wear, they do not have proper food and education, so there should be some one who should care for them. That's why, I m doing this job.

Q: What is your opinion about the scope of medical field?

A: Pakistan has a population of 19 million and there are very few doctors, so field of medical has a great scope.

Q: Now a days, you are working on the project of Shehar-e-Baqa, what is the main purpose behind this project?

A: The main purpose of Shehar-e-Baqa is to make a place where medical needs of people could be fulfilled at one place without costing them a single rupee. It aims to be a suitable place where people can easily come from every corner of Pakistan.                    

Q: How can we improve the education system in Sindh, especially in interior Sindh?

A: Primary education should be spread all over the Sindh, no child should stay deprived of basic education which must be for all. If government cooperates then it will not be a difficult task.

Q: Do you have any plan to introduce any college or university in interior Sindh?

A: We have educational plans in Shehar-e-Baqa. We have planned to introduce a medical university at Khushal Nagar Gharo.

Q: What should be done to provide better health facilities throughout the country?

A: The medical facilities are not enough so such hospitals should be established which provide free treatment to public in every area like Fatima hospital which is providing treatment free of cost.

Q: How were you inspired by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah?

A: I am inspired by Quaid-e-Azam since my child hood and I have served in Freedom Movement of Pakistan as a child. Now we have opened an academy after the name of Quaid as Center for Quaid-e-Azam Studies.

Q: Any message for the youth of Pakistan?

A: I believe we all should contribute towards the betterment of the society. This is our country and we are the ones who can make this country a better place to live in. It's not only the duty of the government to work, it's responsibility of all of us. We all need to realize this and pay something back to this country.