The award was presented in the presence of Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilisers, Dr. Bharat Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health Minister & Family Welfare and Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare and was virtually attended by multiple state nursing dignitaries and nursing professionals.
The Indian Nursing Council under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India grants the award as a mark of recognition for exemplary service in areas of public health and nursing education. The number of awardees was increased from 35 to 51 this pandemic year to acknowledge the contribution of nurses and midwives as front-line COVID warriors.
Commenting on the prestigious conferment, Dr. T Dileep Kumar, President, Indian Nursing Council, said, “Their exemplary service during the pandemic saw them go beyond their capacities to provide quality healthcare to patients round the clock while being under the constant threat of infection. They and thousands of nurses across the country are the faceless warriors of the pandemic who fought against an invisible virus.”
Leading nursing and midwifery professional bodies had also launched #NurseMidwife4Change campaign to attain support from the society for the nurses and midwives to not only ensure that they get recognized for their contribution and role in the health care system, but also to prioritize investments to further strengthen this cadre. The recognition of their efforts will ensure that they perform their roles optimally and help the country achieve its health goals and targets.