5 December, New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji conferred the 'National Florence Nightingale Awards 2019' to 36 awardees at a ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan, in the presence Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey Ji, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare. On this occasion, Late Smt. Lini Sajeesh from Kozhikode, Kerala was conferred posthumously and the award was received by her husband Shri Sajeesh. 35 other awardees [Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), Lady Health Visitors (LHVs), and nurses] from different States and UTs were present to receive the award.

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji commended the unsurpassed dedication of Late Smt. Lini Sajeesh who passed away while on duty caring for a NIPAH infected patient in Kerala. He also congratulated the other award winners and said that nurses play a very vital role in delivering cost-effective and quality healthcare to individuals and communities. And the world is more and more in need of care and compassion, and nurses indeed are a symbol of Seva, Shushrusha, Karuna.

The President Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji also stated that there is a considerable increase in the demand for specialized, competent and highly skilled nurses. To meet the rising demand for human resources for third and fourth level care, quality training institutes are required. The Government has taken several initiatives for further development of pre-service and in-service training, education and up-gradation of nursing services to achieve this. The country is proud of their selfless service and dedication. On serving overseas, the nurses from India have brought credit and name for the country and contributed significantly through their remittances. The kindness and service of the nurses form an important pillar of recovery for those who are ailing. The issues of the aging population in the country and the need for a course focusing on elderly care are necessary.

Also present at the award ceremony were Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW), Shri Arun Singhal, Spl. Secretary (Health), along with other senior officers and invitees.