Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti felicitated distinguished doctors at a function held in Mumbai. Dr Lalitkumar Anande, Chief Medical Officer of Sewri’s Tuberculosis Hospital and Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi Professor and Head and Neck cancer Surgeon, Tata Memorial Hospital along with Dr Ramchnadra Godbole, an Ayurvedic doctor who has been offering medical services in in the tribal area of Bastar in Chhattisgarh were felicitated.
The organisation holds this function each year to express gratitude towards the doctors who work selflessly with utmost devotion for the well-being of destitute patients. This year the organisation marked the eighth year of this ceremony.
After receiving the award Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi emphasised on the need of improving the healthcare system according indigenous needs. “Health is the most important asset of any living being. The medical profession evolved as a distinct profession to safeguard this ‘treasure’ and suggests remedies when things go wrong. Healthcare is undoubtedly the noblest of all professions. However, in recent years, commercialisation of health and privatisation of healthcare is the biggest challenge in the modern society. Instead of aping the west, we should endeavour to tailor made our health care according to the needs and culture of our own society,” Dr Chaturvedi said.
Dr Lalitkumar Anande expressed his gratitude upon being felicitated and highlighted the major threat caused by the TB in India. “It is only matter of weak immunity and TB will attack us. The numbers of TB patients with drug resistant TB is on rise. The bacteria are acquiring new mutation. We not only need to change policy to fight TB but there should be change in mind-set as well,” Dr Anande said.
V.K. Sharma Chairman, LIC of India was the guest of honour of the ceremony and Dr Harshad Punjani, president of Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti felicitated the dignitaries.