The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to nursing personnel on May 12, 2015 on the occasion of International Nurses Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the conferment of the National Florence Nightingale Awards is a fitting tribute to the iconic ‘Lady with the Lamp’. He stated that he did believe that India’s nursing fraternity – both in the Government as well as the private sector, have earned tremendous admiration and respect wherever they have served -and continue to serve – because of their uncommon devotion and dedication to their calling. As a key constituent of the workforce of the country, they are an invaluable asset. While serving in challenging conditions abroad, they have brought credit to our nation and contributed significantly through their remittances. Through their disciplined attitude and high level of proficiency, they have earned tremendous goodwill in all parts of the world.
The President expressed happiness over the several initiatives taken by the Government of India for the development of pre-service and in-service training and education for the development, upgradation and strengthening of nursing services in India. He stated that there is a need to continue to maintain this momentum to ensure that the requirement of nursing personnel in our country is adequately catered for. He was confident that the new measures that have been taken will go a long way in achieving the desired results.
Among the 35 awardees two were from Maharashtra State, Ms. Vijaya Mukaji Raut ANM from Subcenter Bhandara and Ms. Amina Abbas Nadaf LHV, from PHC Agalgaon, Sangli.
Ms. Vijaya Mukaji Raut is working as an ANM for 30years of exemplary service to communities with no doctor.This meant that she was the single source for all health service for people in Umari region. In the discharge of her duties in the face of such challenges , she has shown dedication to the performance of her duties.
She has taken training in HIV / AIDS under GFATM, from Indian Nursing Council. She also has appreciation certificate from National Family Welfare programme for quality work.
She has another appreciation certificate recognizing her dedicated & hard work for National Family Welfare programme.
Working as a Lady health Visitor at the primary Health Centre, Ms. Ms. Amina Abbas Nadaf has provided dedicated service for over three decades, of which 26 years have been as an ANM.
She has good track record of doing regular health checkups in School Health Camps, for identification of Anemia and prompt treatment.
Her dedication was rewarded with several Awards such as , she has received are the best Staff Nurse Award at DHS level; the Best worker certificate from NRHM,Health Department and a certificate for quality work in Family Welfare Programme & also a certificate from District Tuberculosis Control Samiti for quality work .
She has also attended several Trainings to name few are ARSH training, Adolescent Reproductive sexual Health Training, Number of Workshops & TOT’s such as for ASHA’s training & IMNCI.
She is role model of many of her colleagues.