Sunday December 18, 2005
Doctor does country proud
ALOR STAR: Datuk Dr T. P. Devaraj has done Malaysia proud. He is the first and only Malaysian to be listed in the World Medical Association’s 100 Caring Physicians of the World.
Although there is an allocation for 100 personalities, recognition was given to only 65 physicians from 55 countries.
Penang Medical Association chairman Dr Goh Eng Leong said such recognition was a great honour to the medical fraternity here.
The Malaysian Medical Association recently held a ceremony at the Penang Club to celebrate Dr Devaraj’s achievement.
Dr Devaraj is known for his charitable work in aid of cancer patients.
He is the Penang Hospice chairman, and National Cancer Society of Malaysia branch vice-chairman.
World Medical Association (WMA) immediate past president Dr Yank Coble, who initiated the Caring Physician initiative, expressed hope that the physicians’ remarkable stories would help restore pride, passion, enthusiasm and optimism among the medical practitioners.
The book was launched in Santiago, Chile, on Oct 12 during the WMA annual assembly.
Physicians profiled in the book include Mamphela Ramphele of South Africa who was imprisoned for her anti-apartheid political activities, John Awoonor-Williams from Ghana for single-handedly serving a vast remote region and Valentin Pokrovsky for being the first in Russia to instil awareness on HIV infection and AIDS.
Also included in the book are Sister Lucia Yu from Korea who spent more than two decades in Kenya to attend to patients suffering from malaria and tuberculosis and Nanshan Zhong who played a vital role during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in China in 2002.
The book was published with the support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.