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WHO awards Indians for public health

Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, among those honoured by W.H.O. for public health.  - RV

Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, among those honoured by W.H.O. for public health. - RV

06/04/2015 16:12

The prestigious Christian Medical College, Vellore, in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state were among ‎several other organizations and individuals who were honoured with the public health awards by ‎the United Nations World Health Organization in India. The awards were announced on April 1 in ‎New Delhi at the National Consultation on Food Safety, which was jointly organized by the WHO and ‎the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India, in view of the World ‎Health Day, April 7, Tuesday.   The Public Health Champions honoured for their sustained contribution to public health ‎are SEWA Rural, the Community Health Department, the Christian Medical College, Vellore, the ‎Biocon Foundation and Dr Vinod K. Paul, head of the Pediatrics Department of the All India Institute ‎of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi.  In a separate category of innovations, the awardees were ‎Narayana Health and Ekjut, a WHO said in a release.  ‎

The Community Health and Development Department of the Christian Medical College, Vellore ‎received recognition for providing primary care to the rural, urban and tribal communities in its vicinity. ‎A training ground for medical, nursing and paramedical students, the department has set an example in ‎community based service, public health teaching and research for several medical and public health ‎institutions in India and south Asia.‎

‎"Public health is a challenging field and these awards are our way of saying thank you to the talented ‎individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to this field. These awards are an attempt ‎to recognize and honour the best in this field and also to encourage others to emulate them," Nata ‎Menabde, WHO representative to India said. The rationale for recognizing public health champions is ‎to honour efforts of both, individuals and institutions who have made an outstanding contribution to ‎public health through advocacy for and involvement in impactful health policies and programmes with ‎proven public health achievements and substantial improvement in equitable health outcomes in the ‎country, she added.‎

The World Health Day which will be marked on April 7 is on the theme of food safety.   The UN’s ‎health agency says that unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – ‎including many children.  Saying that food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical ‎substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers, WHO is asking ‎to make food safe from farm to the plate. ‎  (Source: WHO)

06/04/2015 16:12