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The First Filipino Doctor To Practice In Dubai



Dubai is a global city and home to one of world’s fastest growing economies. It has become a hub for expats working abroad and there is a high demand in the city for qualified medical professionals. Dubai is a great place for doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare professionals to advance their careers and enjoy immersing themselves in a new culture and working environment.

Dr. Rosario B. Tigno was the first doctor from the Philippines to practice in the United Arab Emirates. Filipinos in Dubai refer to her as a medical beacon within the Filipino community and a doctor-at-large who is always on call whenever needed, exemplifying the bravery, industry and zeal of the Filipino migrant.

She was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and was able to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor by obtaining her medical degree from Manila Central University in 1972. She worked for four years in several hospitals in Iran, before going back to the Philippines and practicing medicine for more than 13 years. An opportunity came for her to be able to work again in Dubai. In 1992, she gained the distinction of being the first Filipino doctor to be issued a license by the Department of Health and Medical Services of Dubai. Since then, she has devoted herself to helping Filipinos there, especially the underprivileged.

Dr. Tigno founded the Filipino Health Care Provider in 1999, spearheaded medical missions and initiated "Share Blood, Spare A Life," a blood donation drive and information campaign. In recognition of Dr. Tigno’s notable achievement in the field of medicine and her service to the Filipino community in Dubai, she was chosen as one of the Ten Filipino Achievers in 2001 by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.









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