The nation’s founder, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had made a strong point – “No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.” And in order to achieve the kind of success that a revolutionist like Jinnah dreamt of, we need to acknowledge the fact that only a physically and mentally healthy woman can play her part with responsibility.
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, we – the future of this nation – must not only pledge to play our part in practically improving the health standards for our women, but we must also hold ourselves true to the notion that actions speak louder than words; be it through voluntary medical services in the underprivileged areas or a general campaign to raise awareness amongst the masses, as future health practitioners, it is our responsibility to play our part with honesty and sincerity. Only when her health – physical and mental – is prioritised, can a woman serve the nation; be it as a trained doctor, engineer, pilot, army officer, teacher, or through the very powerful role of a mother.
We may not yet be qualified enough to prescribe simple painkillers to our patients, but we must be sensitive and responsible enough to realize that sometimes, it takes more than a couple of lab tests to reach the correct diagnosis and more than a few pills to treat certain ailments; our attitude and approach could, after all, be a determinant of the future of a generation. Because it’s not just a living bag of bones and flesh that you’re ‘dealing’ with, it’s someone’s past, present, and most importantly, someone’s future.
Even as struggling, ambitious medical students – we actually can make a difference.
Do not be a mere statistic attending walks and seminars in favour of feminism.
Be the difference that you wish to see.
Bless the change that you wish to catalyse.
Be aware of this.
Make a difference.
BY: ARFA MASIHUDDIN, M.B.B.S., BATCH XX
PHOTO CREDITS: MARYAM SHAIKH, M.B.B.S., BATCH XXII
*Bano, a cherubic eighteen-year-old, was leading a happy life till she conceived her first child. The news of this pregnancy, however, was not a happy one for her. Why? Because Bano was epileptic and the state of her health did not permit her to carry a child till her own complete recovery. Accepting what could not be undone, she was strongly advised to not miss a single dose of medication. And here’s where the archaic notion of mistaking a medical diagnosis for the mischief of the ‘jinns’ steps in to take another life – Bano’s mother-in-law stopped giving her the very necessary medications because she believed that the uncontrolled jerking movements and subtle momentary losses of awareness were the evil doings of ‘jinns’ that could only be cured by popular exorcism. Medication, she believed, was…
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