Equipped with an MD and a desire to help people lead a healthy, happy life, Dr. Muhammad took the flight back to the land he grew up in because he felt he “belongs to this country”. Being here for almost four decades he is amazed to have witnessed how places barren in the early ’90s transformed into bustling, beautiful spots.
If Oman is his home and first love, the medical profession is his calling, passion and destiny.
“I can’t think of a more fulfilling job to be in,” says Dr. Muhammad, who works at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in the Emergency Department.
Dr. Muhammad’s decision to enter the medical profession was largely influenced by his family. But the inspiration for Dr. Muhammad to pursue the profession stemmed from his desire to help people to lead a healthier and happy life.
After receiving his MD from Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania, Dr. Muhammad came back to Oman where he had spent his early life.
“Oman is my home and I feel I belong to this country. Working in Oman is a fulfilling experience.”Dr. Muhammad Awais Nawaz
“Thanks to the friendly people and the warmth one feels here. Moreover, Oman is one of the most peaceful and safe countries to work as well as live in,” says Dr. Muhammad, sharing his decision to move back to the Sultanate after his studies.
Following a one-year internship at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH), from 2005-2006, Dr. Muhammad started working with the Department of Surgery and Accident & Emergency.
He worked at SQUH till 2010. That year he moved to the UAE where he worked at Al Ain Hospital in the General Surgery Department. A year later, he moved back to Oman and joined SQUH in the Emergency Department. Dr. Muhammad, who hails from Pakistan, is among the scores of medical professionals working relentlessly to attend to the turmoil caused by the pandemic.
“The past few months, since the outbreak of Covid-19, have been difficult for everybody. There has been a lot of burden on hospitals. People working in the frontline have been at risk to this deadly virus; yet the morale and confidence of everyone is high,” Dr. Muhammad notes. He says what gets them through the tough times and can also help others is not to dwell on things that are out of one’s control. “It’s helpful to remember those areas of your life where you can manage to help yourself. One must try to keep the spirits up even as we deal with the pandemic; we will overcome this one day,” he says.
Talking about the impressive work being done by the medical fraternity in Oman, Dr. Muhammad says: “Tending to the needs caused by the pandemic is at the forefront of our medical fraternity.
Oman’s medical fraternity has been handling the pandemic in a great way despite some of the challenges like lack of enough staff and equipment shortage. In fact, the fraternity has been able to overcome these obstacles.
Handling cases has been especially impressive as a result of the fantastic coordination between the different hospitals in the country. Moreover, much has been achieved due to the support of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and the Supreme Committee.
” Dr. Muhammad, who has lived in Oman since the late 1980s, is understandably excited about the Sultanate celebrating its 50th National Day.
“Oman has seen positive and dramatic changes over the last few decades in about every sector. It’s quite heartening to see how places that were empty or barren in the early ’90s have completely transformed into bustling yet beautiful spots,” says Dr. Muhammad. “Being able to celebrate Oman’s 50th National Day is a very happy moment for me and all of us who are living in this prosperous country. May Almighty continue to bless the Sultanate and the people,” he adds.