Honouring the unsung heroes who are contributing their level best and working tirelessly to ensure better health care for India's rural population, Network18 and Apollo Hospitals felicitated the winners of Healers of India Awards in New Delhi on 29th March 2017. The award ceremony was presided over by Chief Guest Shri J P Nadda, Hon’Ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Special Guest for the event Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India and Guest of Honor CK Mishra, Health Secretary, Government of India. The event saw a grand turnout of distinguished guests from the medical field.
The special campaign ‘Healers of India’, was a path-breaking initiative which put the spotlight on those doctors, district health officers and ASHA workers who are the backbone of India’s rural healthcare sector. The award distinguishes itself by celebrating these heroes of healthcare who have selflessly contributed towards ensuring a healthy, productive India.The awards adhered to a transparent and robust selection procedure by a jury comprising of a select group of distinguished personalities. The jury panel included Dr. Jagdish Prasad, Director General Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, National President, Indian Medical Association; Dr. Lalit Kumar, Honorary Senior VP, Sulabh International; Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS; Mr. Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Country head, India ACCESS Health and Mr. Prasoon Joshi CEO & Chief Creative Officer of McCann Worldgroup India and Chairman McCann Asia Pacific.
The event also witnessed a panel discussion with an eminent panel of doctors comprising of Dr. KK Agarwal, National President, Indian Medical Association; Dr. Tarun Seem, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Delhi; Dr. Srinath Reddy, Chairman, Public Health Foundation of India; Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.
Commenting on the awards, Radhakrishnan Nair, Managing Editor, CNN-News18 said, “I take great pride in honouring these remarkable individuals, who through their ingenuity, innovation and dedication have improved healthcare in rural India. We believe that they will not only further the cause of healthcare for all but also inspire others to contribute the progressive mission of a disease free India.”
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Shri J P Nadda, Hon’Ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare said, “It is indeed a matter of great happiness for me to be here and interact with people who are trying to see how we can make a change in the health sector and work as healers. I see that there are some problems in the health care system – the regional disparity and the divide between urban and rural. I would like to thank this platform for awarding people who are working in different parts of the country and working in the field of health to see that how they can fill the gaps and see the issues of health are addressed at the grassroots level.”
Commenting on the awards Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said, “Global expertise is that the way to move to universal health coverage is by investing in the rural areas where the people are. Bringing services to where people live enhances the accessibility, the acceptability and the affordability of services. I congratulate CNN-News18 for its excellent initiative of recognizing and honouring the Healers of India with a focus on rural healthcare, the place where is the highest need and most people in India live.”