Sunday May 6, 2012
Doctor on a mission
By LISA GOH
A DAY before flying off to Yemen for a month-long mission with Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF Doctors Without Borders), Dr Nurhayati Lubis is busy buying chocolates and cookies.
“They're for the other team members who have been there for months. Over there, you can't get these things, and it's always nice when someone new brings treats along with them,” she says during a phone interview from England before she set off for her trip.
For Dr Nurhayati, 33, who hails from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and is an anaesthetist at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, the mission in Yemen will be her fourth since graduating with a medical degree from London's Imperial College in 2003.
“I've always wanted to give this a try, and go on a mission ... I think it's the influence from watching all those medical television shows,” she laughs.
She volunteered for her first mission with Mercy Malaysia to Pakistan after a massive earthquake there in 2005. And she was hooked. She has since gone on another three missions with MSF Sri Lanka (2009), South Sudan (2010) and Pakistan (2011).
● Full story in Sunday Star today .