Padma Awards 2020 conferred to 13 unsung heroes of medicine
New Delhi: Continuing with the tradition of unsung heroes of the country, the government today conferred 141 Padma Awards marking the celebrations of Republic day and honouring their contributions to the society
Amoung those honoured include 13 doctors, who may-may not be in public eye, but have been contributing to the health of nation through their remarkable service.
Padma Awards — one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are c,onferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. This year, while no doctor has made to the list of Padma Vibhushan, 1 doctor has been conferred Padma Bhushan, while 12 have been honoured with Padma Shri.
Check out the list of those honoured today
Tsering Landol- Ladakh- One of the pioneers of women''s health in Ladakh region, Dr Tsering Landol was one of the first gynaecologist in the cold hilly desert area, providing medical care to women in the difficult terrain through her a clinic the Ladakh Heart Foundation, a charitable medical facility. Given the difficult terrain in region, the 75 year old doctor has dedicated her life to women's health, performing deliveries in freezing temperatures with bare minimum facilities .She was also the first woman doctor from Ladakh to receive the Padma Shri award in 2006.
1. Dr Yogi Aeron- Uttarakhand- The octogenarian plastic surgeon, is known around the area of Dehradun for not just his skill but providing free treatment to burn patients who cannot afford the same. With more than 5000 free surgeries to his credit, the 82 year old KGMU pass out is the go to man in the area as well as afar for burn victims and those attacked by animals. Even the government hospitals in the area are seen referring patients to his centre for treatment
2. Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay- Uttar Pradesh- Known for a number of firsts, setting examples for women across the world Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first woman in the history of Indian Air Force to be promoted to the rank of Air Marshal. A graduate of Armed Force Medical college in Pune, she had the distinction of being the first woman officer to become an aviation medicine specialist.. Being the first woman Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India, she was also the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole.
She is also the first woman officer to have completed the Defence Service Staff College course in 1978 and to command the IAF's Central Medical Establishment (CME). Padma Bandopadhyay was also the first woman officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal.
Dr Padma Bandopadhyay was awarded the Visisht Seva Medal for her meritorious service during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict, as she and her husband made key contributions at the Halwara airbase in Punjab during the war
3. Dr Sushovan Banerjee- West Bengal- An MBBS graduate of RG Kar Medical college, and PG Pathology from Calcutta University, Dr Bandopadya was working in London after pursuing his diploma in Haemotology there, when in 1960s, he decided to come back to his country and serve the poor. Despite various job offers, in 1964, the doctor relocated to his village in Bolapur, West Bengal and has been treating his patients for a consultation fee of Rs 1 since then. Because of his fees, the 81 year old doctor is popularly called " Ek Takar doctor"
4. Dr Digambar Behera- Chandigarh- A former Head of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGIMER, Dr Behera is known for his contributions to the field of Chest medicine and TB Medicine in India. He is a pioneer of lung cancer chemotherapy as well as the chairman of the national task force of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Program.
5. Dr Bangalore Gangadhar- Karnataka- Dr BN Gangadhar, director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, is a well-known psychiatrist having more than 30 years of extensive experience in the field of mental health, from both clinical and academic perspectives. For his contribution to the field of mental he has previously been conferred the prestigious Sir C.V. Raman Award in 1999 and the BC Roy Award in 2010.
6. Dr Leela Joshi- Madhya Pradesh- Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the tribal woman in the MP and Chattisgarh area, gynaecologist Dr Joshi has dedicated her life being engaged in tribal dominated areas providing free treatment to women with anemia, pregnancies and other issues. For her immense contribution to the tribals, she was also named in the list of 100 effective women of the country in the list of Department of Women and Child Development.
7. Dr Ravi Kannan R- Assam- A prominent practicing surgical Oncologist in Chennai, Dr Kannan moved to the Barak Valley Assam in June 2007, coming in aid to the ailing Cachar Cancer Hospital Society that was struggling with resources and serving the patients and an area where the incidence of cancer is much higher.( nearest hospital 300 km away) Under his leadership, the hospital has made a remarkable journey and is providing treatment to over 3000 new and 14000 follow-up patients annually, 80% of these patients being daily wage earners.In his journey the doctor has treated over 70,000 cancer patients free of cost in Barak valley including accommodation, food, employment and spreading awareness.
8. Dr Arunoday Mondal- West Bengal - Serving in the remote forest areas of Sunderbans, Dr Arunoday Mondal set up a free medical service centre, in 2000, and since then has been providing free treatment to the locals in the remote area. His cetnre "SUJAN" has steering ahead with expansion in multidirectional ushering ventures like education, social service etc. Arunoday Mondal, known as 'Sunderban ke Sujan' itravels six hours every weekend to treat patients in remote Sundarban villages.
9. Dr Shanti Roy - Bihar- A gynaecologist from patna, Dr Shanti Roy is a retired Professor and HOD, Gynaecology department, Patna Medical College. Specializing the field of women's health, Dr Shanti has dedicated her life to not just promoting women's well-being but also matters of encouragement of women in other domains of life
10. Dr Kushal Konwar Sharma- Assam- Kushal Knowar Sarma, also known as the Elephant Doctor a veterinarian in Guwahati, has devoted his life to the conservation of Asian elephants. Interestingly, he has not taken a single weekend off in the last 30 years as per media reports. He is acclaimed for treating more than 700 elephants every year. He has pioneered research in elephant anesthetics, especially using remote tranquilizing injection technique.
11. Dr Gurdip Singh- Gujarat
12. Dr Sandra Desa Souza- Maharashtra - A noted ENT surgeon practicing in Bombay, Dr Souza was one of the first ENT surgeons in the country to perform artificial ear operations, is credited to have given the gift of hearing to thousands of patients. She was the first woman surgeon to pioneer the Cochlear implant surgery in India and Asia in the year 1987.