CHENNAI : Four Indian doctors have won awards in the fifth edition of BMJ Awards South Asia 2018 that seek to honour individuals and teams working tirelessly to get better quality of healthcare across the region.
The 2018 Awards received over 1500 high-quality nominations from eight countries across South Asia including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Maldives. The nominations were in categories like healthcare quality, medical education, healthcare innovation, and research.
In the category “Infectious Disease Initiative of the Year", Dr. Avi Kumar Bansal from National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases-Agra won the award, while Dr. Omesh Kumar Bharti from State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Himachal Pradesh, secured first place in the category of "Research Paper of the Year".
Dr. Vimarsh Raina from Chimera Translational Research Fraternity, New Delhi, ranked highest in the category “Healthcare Innovation of the Year ", and Dr. Aparna Hegde from ARMMAN Mumbai, secured the first spot in the category "Maternal & Child Health Team of the Year."
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. V.K.Paul, member NITI Aayog (Health) said, “I congratulate all finalists for the prestigious awards and specially mention the international guests for making it here from eight countries of South Asia.”
He said, “We hope healthcare experts utilise this platform to showcase to the world how their efforts are transforming healthcare in the region.”
Prashant Mishra, Managing Director, BMJ India, and South Asia said, “In the last five years, the Awards have attained the stature of a must-attend event in South Asia and have been recognized as an important initiative in providing much needed recognition to healthcare projects in the region.”
"The work done by all the clinicians are of highest standards and innovative in approach, that eventually makes an impact on the lives of many a patients," added Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief.