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Idayu Maarof graduated with an M.D. from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia medical school. She then served in several hospitals before starting her own general practice. Her interest in health care through patient education has resulted in her writing for magazines and her personal blog on healthcare issues such as how patients can make the best use of the medical infrastructure to their
Dr Idayu Maarof is passionate about empowering the public with the knowledge to better enable them to cope with their health issues, believing that doctors should also teach and help patients manage their health, especially to prevent the onset of disease. She has given lectures and talks on a diverse range of healthcare issues, medical education and public engagement through medical writing. Her
first book, The Doctor is Sick, won an Anugerah Buku Negara (National Book Award, Malaysia) in 2017.