Pakistan government celebrates midwife's work.

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On March 8, International Women's Day, a prestigious medal was awarded to midwife Imtiaz Taj Kamal, Secretary General of the National Committee for Maternal Health (NCMH) for her endeavours over 50 years in promoting the work of midwives. The Mohtrima Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal, is named after Ms Fatima Jinnah, sister of Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan. Mohtrima means 'the respected female'. The Ministry of Women's Development in Pakistan had invited nominations from 18 disciplines. They received five nominations in the discipline of health (medicine). Four were physicians; the fifth was a nurse-midwife. The nurse-midwife was selected for the Gold Medal; the physicians received certificates of merits. This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that a midwife has received precedence over doctors. The President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharaf, awarded the medals on March 20.

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