Chennai, Dec 1:
The 5th edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) India awards South Asia 2018 were presented at Hilton Chennai. The top healthcare dignitaries in the country attended the award ceremony. The esteemed panel of jury members consisted of eminent thought leaders, senior experienced doctors, and industry veterans from various healthcare organizations.
This year too, nominations were invited from the South Asian region, including India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal in numerous categories like healthcare quality, medical education, healthcare innovation, and research. More than 1500 nominations were received for the Awards from across South Asia and were shortlisted to 30 nominations across 10 categories. Winners were presented with a trophy and a certificate in the presence of India’s most senior healthcare professionals, industry executives, government officials, academicians, and researchers.
The awardees are :
Infectious Disease Initiative of the Year : Dr. Avi Kumar Bansal, National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases Agra
Mental Health Team of the Year : Dr. Hiranya Wijesundra, District General Hospital – Ampara Sri Lanka
Research Paper of the Year : Dr. Omesh Kumar Bharti, State Institute of Health & Family Welfare,
Govt of Himachal Pradesh
Post Graduate Thesis of the Year : Dr. Zainab Hasan, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karanchi Pakistan
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety team of the year : Dr. Kulesh Bahadur Thapa, Nepal Amhulance Service, Kathmandu Nepal
Surgical team of the year : Dr. Bawantha Gamage, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura Sri Lanka
Non- Communicable Disease Initiative of the Year : Dr. Kanij Sultana, Population Council Dhaka
Excellence in Medical Education: Dr. Kyaw Myo, University of Medicine, Mandalay
Healthcare Innovation of the Year : Dr. Vimarsh Raina, Chimera Translational Research Fraternity
Maternal & Child Health Team of the Year : Dr. Aparna Hegde, ARMMAN Mumbai
The Chief Guest for the Award ceremony was Dr. V.K. Paul, Member Niti Aayog, who addressed the audience and gave away an Award providing encouragement to the winners and finalists alike.
V.K.Paul said, “With its various initiatives like BMJ global health, am happy that BMJ has taken initiative to change this scenario.”Dr. Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief, The BMJ said, “. The work done by all of nominees is of superlative value that also makes a positive impact on the lives of many people.”
The BMJ Awards are conferred after a rigorous and thorough evaluation process and are awarded to commend those who have accomplished the most impactful healthcare work in South Asia.