Local GP's honoured in Parliament
“I laid on a surprise in Parliament this evening for Local hero and heroine, Dr Abraze and Anila Khalique of the Bilborough practise ,to receive an award for unsung heroes today from Jane Ellison MP, Minister for Public Health. I could be not more pleased for them. I nominated them for the award as their have put outstanding contribution into improving health of residents in my patch over 28 years.” said Graham Allen MP
Dr Khalique, who has been a GP in the area for nearly 30 years, and his wife Anila were always willing to go the extra mile. They are supporting three public health initiatives being progressed by local charity Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation, including a prevalence study for foetal alcohol syndrome disorder, a free dental check for every child and an MOT for the over 60s.
They volunteered to pilot the health MOT in Dr Khalique’ s surgery. Initially, this involved contacting nearly 200 patients with a smoking history in order to do a lung check, supported by a scan. The examinations identified a high number (over 40) of lung problems as well as collateral issues.
“A number of lives have been directly saved by this early intervention. It is typical of their lifelong commitment to public health in Nottingham, and particularly in Bilborough that Dr and Mrs Khalique have led this initiative. They were only able to pilot this successfully because Dr Khalique is so respected and admired by his patients”. added Graham.
Jane Ellison MP said: “Graham Allen has kept me regularly updated about the ground-breaking work of Abraze and Anila. Across the country unsung heroes are leading local initiatives are improving the nation’s health and wellbeing. Such projects have a special place in our public health system and it is only right we recognise in Parliament the people who make them a success.
I was truly amazed by Anila and Abraze’ s achievements over such a sustained period. I am constantly encouraged by the innovative ways that different communities complement and indeed amplify our efforts to improve health nationally. I hope that other local areas will be able to replicate their achievement.”.<img alt="" data-cke-saved-src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmGklD7WIAAuGg8.jpg" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmGklD7WIAAuGg8.jpg" 1000px;="" height:="" 563px;"="">