A Pakistani-American doctor has won the “Scientific Achievement Award 2016” from the Nato Science and Technology Organisation (STO) for his extraordinary performance in research on medical countermeasures against biological agents. He said by keeping in view the recent American political situation, getting an award by Muslim is a source of pride.
In his BBC interview, he said this award is linked to terrorism. As in America, everyone looks at Muslims with suspicion.
STO, the largest Nato organization for defense science and technology, honored Dr. Rashid A Chotani, who was part of a task group researching medical countermeasures against biological agents.
Dr. Chotani has worked in the healthcare industry, government and academia in areas such as the advanced development of vaccines, therapeutic and diagnostic countermeasures, bio-surveillance etc. As a senior scientist, Dr. Chotani has spent more than 20 years in providing biosecurity and public health expertise to both public agencies and private industry.
In Pakistan, Dr. Chotani helped in upgrading the Early Warning System at the National Institute of Health (NIH), re-developed and furbished the Epidemic Investigation Cell (EIC) with basic infrastructural needs, as well as housed six qualified epidemiologists to assist in disease surveillance.
He has also played an important role as the adviser to the Ministry of Health in developing Pakistan’s influenza preparedness plan.