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Experienced Manurewa Vocationally Registered General Practitioner Dr Alaaldeen Al-Khalidy (FRNZCGP) has been practicing medicine since the early 1990’s. Originally from Iraq, he came to New Zealand almost 20 years ago with his family. He’s now a Doctor at The Fono Manurewa clinic on Halver Road, and we share his story.

Dr Alaaldeen Al-Khalidy left Iraq in 1991 for Yemen where he practiced for a few years before setting his sights further afield.

While driven by his desire to help people, Dr Alaaldeen searched for opportunities elsewhere which would be suitable for raising a family. New Zealand held obvious appeal.

Auckland was his preferred destination, but opportunities were limited, so he headed south to work at the Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

After four-and-a-half years, he returned to the Middle East to practice in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) where he worked for almost a decade. The family then returned to New Zealand.

“With three children growing up and a growing Iraq community in Auckland, this is where we wanted to be,” says Dr Alaaldeen.

He enjoys the diversity of The Fono’s patients in Manurewa, although he admits the need to tackle NCDs (Non Communicable Diseases) such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and obesity are a growing concern.

“There is such a strong need in the primary sector to have doctors try and educate patients to encourage them to change their lifestyles, particularly with food,” he says.

“It’s not easy, but at The Fono we do our best and we have seen some positive changes,” he says.

“When I see some improvements, it makes me and our team feel better.”

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