Over the years the officers and men of this illustrious corps have always risen to the occasion in India and abroad : AK Antony
INVC,, Delhi,, Defence Minister Shri AK Antony gave away the Best Command Hospital Trophy to INHS Asvini, Mumbai and Second Best Command Hospital Trophy jointly to the Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandi Mandir and Command Hospital, Air Force, Bangalore here today. Shri Antony also complimented the untiring efforts of the team of the winner hospitals. On this occasion, Shri Antony said, it has always been our endeavour to provide infrastructure upgradation with the latest available technology to retain the cutting edge in the field. We will always make an effort to accord maximum possible consideration to well-structured and innovative annual acquisition plans, he added. Commending the efforts of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), Shri Antony said over the years the officers and men of this illustrious corps have always risen to the occasion in India and abroad, both during war like situations and peace time engagements. Earlier welcoming the gathering DGAFMS Air Marshal DP Joshi elaborated the activities of the AFMS. He said that AFMS has always strived to ensure a contemporary outlook to cater to all requirements of our clientele by providing them the latest available drugs, equipments and infrastructure for all levels of health care. Air Marshal Joshi said that at present AFMS have all the modern equipments and technique for health care and soon robotic surgery in AFMS Hospitals is likely to become a reality. Raksha Mantri Trophy was instituted in 1989 to recognize and acknowledge excellence in management of patient care at the command and equivalent hospitals in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Over the years, this award has instilled a healthy competition among these hospitals and has kept them motivated to improve their performance at all levels of health care delivery. The cash award for the Best Hospital has been increased from this year to Rs.10 lakhs and for the second best hospital to Rs.3 lakhs.