Westville’s Dr Fawzia ‘Fozy’ Peer, champion of the annual World Radiography Day which was observed on November 8 and pays homage to the discoverer of x-rays, has been honoured with a recognition award from the influential Durban Muslim-based business group, Minara Chamber of Commerce.
Dr Peer will be presented with the prestige award at the chamber’s annual awards ceremony and dinner banquet at the NMJ Islamic Centre in Overport, Durban, on Friday, November 21.
The recognition comes months after Dr Peer was elected unanimously elected the new president of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) in Helsinki, Finland, and her maiden presidential address to an ISRRT meeting in Taiwan.
Ever since Dr Peer has been on the board of the ISRRT, she has consistently championed the World Radiography Day in South Africa, which is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation (x-ray).
Dr Peer, spokeswoman for the Society of Radiographers of South Africa (Sorsa), said World Radiography Day is a tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning founder of x-rays, Professor Wilhelm Roentgen, and various events will take place in various private and public medical centres and hospitals with focus on the worldwide theme, ‘Radiography – Advancing Imaging and Healing Globally.’ German physicist Professor Roentgen discovered x-rays on November 8, 1895, later developing x-ray photography and revolutionising medical diagnosis, for which he won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1901.
Each year, Dr Peer said radiographers worldwide could use the day and the days around the historic milestone to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy.
Dr Peer, who became the first female radiographer in South Africa to have achieved a doctorate in radiography and presently specialising in nuclear medicine at the state-run Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Cato Manor, said she was ‘humbled and honoured’ by the award. She will share the podium at the plush function for high-achievers with the family of the posthumous award recipient, Dr Monty Mohambry Naicker, once a firebrand leader of the Natal Indian Congress who was banned under apartheid security laws alongside Dr Yusuf Dadoo, president of the Transvaal Indian Congress, who died in exile in London in the 1980s.
The other top recipient is South Africa’s ambassador to Washington and former Western Cape premier, Ebrahim Rasool. The recipients for business achiever will go to Mahmood Ismail of Shoreline Beverages, Ahmed Pandor of Gem Schoolwear (community builder), Yusuf Talia (young achiever) and for the first time Aziz Hassim, literary award for arts.