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President of India conferred the national Florence nightingale awards

President of India conferred the national Florence nightingale awards

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Florence Nightingale Awards to 36 awardees at a ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan on 5th December 2019.

Key Points:

  • It was conferred in the presence of Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare.
  • The Award to Late Lini Sajeesh from Kozhikode, Kerala was conferred posthumously and was received by her husband Sajeesh.
  • The 30-year-old nurse passed away while she was on duty caring for a NIPAH infected patient in Kerala.
  • The other 35 awardees who have been conferred the award from President of India, included Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), Lady Health Visitors (LHVs), and nurses, from different States and UTs.
  • The service and kindness of nurses form an important pillar of recovery for those who are ailing and as an acknowledgement of their immense role in society and healthcare system that World Health Organisation (WGO) has dedicated 2020 as ‘Year of Nurses and Midwives’.
  • The year 2020 will also mark the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, after whom the awards have been named.

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