In a heartening recognition of her exceptional contributions to healthcare, Dr. Zulekha Daud, an 84-year-old Indian doctor, has been awarded the prestigious Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award 2019. Born into a modest family in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Dr. Zulekha’s journey from financial constraints to becoming a trailblazer in healthcare serves as an inspiration for many.
Dr. Zulekha’s story is one of resilience and determination. Despite facing financial challenges in her early years, she pursued her dream of education, earning a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the Government Medical College in Nagpur. Her commitment to healthcare led her to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1964, where she became the first Indian doctor to practice medicine.
Specializing in gynecology, Dr. Zulekha delivered over 10,000 babies in Dubai, marking a groundbreaking era in the nation’s healthcare landscape. The initial days were not without challenges, as the absence of essential medical facilities required her to rely on her skills and experience for accurate diagnoses and treatments.
In 1992, recognizing the need for advanced healthcare services, Dr. Zulekha founded the Zulekha Hospital Group. More than a business venture, the group aimed to be a beacon of hope and health for countless individuals. Today, at 84, she stands as the Chairperson and Founder of the Zulekha Hospital Group.
Dr. Zulekha’s impactful contributions extend beyond national borders. Forbes Middle East has acknowledged her among the top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE, further solidifying her status as a pioneer in the field. As she continues to lead the Zulekha Hospital Group, Dr. Zulekha Daud’s legacy stands as a testament to the transformative power of education, resilience, and unwavering dedication to one’s dreams.