Dr. Zohra Begum Kazi is the first modern Bengali Muslim woman doctor. He was born on 15 October 1912 in Ranjangaon, United Provinces, India. His father is a politician. Qazi Abdus Sattar.
Brilliant from an early age, Johra graduated from Harding Women’s Medical College, Delhi in 1935 with a first division MBBS degree and was awarded the Viceroy’s Medal of British India. Taking public service and social welfare as ideals, he started his career in Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Sebasram’. After partition, he worked in various hospitals in India and became tied to Rajuuddin Bhuiyar (MP), son of the zamindar of Hatirdia, Raipura Upazila of Narsingdi.
In 1948 he joined Dhaka Medical College Hospital as a doctor. At that time there was no separate Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Medical College. As a result, he had to get treatment from male doctors. As many people were not interested in it, premature deaths also happened more. Zohra’s dedicated efforts first opened the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and later at Mitford Hospital.
In 1955, he went to England for a higher degree on a government scholarship. Back home also worked as Senior Consultant at Holy Family Red Cross Hospital and Combined Military Hospital. He actively participated in the language movement of 1952. He received the Begum Rokeya Padak and the Ekushey Padak in recognition of his long service to humanity. He died on November 7, 2007.