Dr George Abraham who is contesting in the forthcoming local election as a Member of the Christchurch District Health Board (CDHB) describes himself as “A fully integrated, involved and contributing Cantabrian.’
Christchurch has been his home since 1996 and Dr Abraham takes pride in being an ‘Indian Kiwi,’ and father of three teenage children, including daughters Sneha and Sweta and son Rahul, who are students respectively at Otago University, Christchurch Marian College and Christchurch St Bede’s College.
CHDB comprises 11 members, of which seven are elected and four are Government nominees. This Constituency covers almost 50% of the South Island, accounting for the whole of Canterbury, Kaikoura, Akaroa, Hanmer Springs and Ashburton, with a total population of about 550,000.
A Medical Scientist and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Dr Abraham also doubles as a journalist, contributing to Indian Newslink and other media.
“I have interacted closely with all aspects of medical, surgical, teaching and research and the media (especially print journalism). I am also proud to be the author of ‘AIDS- the Sex Killer’ (with a foreword by the late Sir Edmund Hillary) and more than 2500 articles published in national and international publications,” he said.
Although hearing impaired, Dr Abraham is a spirited community worker, committed to free dental care, Health Precinct with Fitness Centre, free onsite hospital parking and support to enhanced support to the elderly, disabled and frontline staff.