Ameena Mustafa – The first president of trained public health nurse association of Kerala
Ameena Mustafa was born in May 19, 1928. After completion of S.S.L.C, Ameena attained a degree in Nursing from Madras. She was exceptionally hard working and demonstrated high level of dedication and competency in her work during the cholera and small pox outbreak in India during the mid 20th century.
Her sustained commitment enabled her to continuously update her knowledge and skills to better serve the community at large. She pursued with a degree in paediatric nursing, got trained in midwifery and did a supervision course. She was known to provide effective primary care to mothers and their children during childbirth and carried out multiple “Maternal and child health programme” in many districts of Kerala region of India.
Amina got married to Dr K,M, Qasim Mustafa and had two sons and two daughters. She took a deep interest in gardening and kitchen during her free time.
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Ameena worked as a public health nurse in Trivandrum district between 1950-54 and in Quilon district in 1956-62. She excelled in providing primary care despite facing several challenges in rural areas with illiterate people.
During the late 1962 she became a district public health nurse in Allepy district where she was deputed to look after the cholera inoculation and small pox vaccination especially in Muslim area and Nadar caste area of Nagarcoil, Caloulam and Neyyatinkara Taluk.
Her active participation and contribution in various health related programmes was recognised by the government and she was awarded the National Nursing Award Member of the trained nurse association in 1951.
She organised the Maternal and child health Programme, Family planning programme in the above mentioned districts and became one among the first presidents of trained public health nurse association of Kerala between 1972-74.
She exhibit quality of lifelong learning continuers update of her knowledge. Her relentless commitment towards a healthy society and her dynamic personality made her a committee member of Muslim vanitha samajanm, Alleppey in 1972. She advocated for the equal rights and equal job opportunities for women.