The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramados, speaking at the Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing Personnel today, said that under the National Rural Health Mission project (NRHM), the country requires about 200,000 nursing personnel to provide comprehensive health care.
In order to achieve the requirements of NRHM, State Governments have been advised to enhance the capacity by establishing additional nursing training institutions. Welcoming the outstanding personalities of nursing profession from all over the country who had come to receive the award, he said, undoubtedly, it was their hard work, commitment and perseverance that had brought them all to this stage of achievement and helped them bag the prestigious national award.
The Minister said that said that way back in 1989, the last National Award function was held. He felt proud in announcing that His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had conferred to revive the achievement awards once again. He further said: 'I consider myself fortunate for organizing this ceremony in its own grace and also to name it as "Florence Nightingale Award".'
His Excellency Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam the President of India, presented the awards to seventeen nursing personnel for their meritorious services. Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi, Minister of State, Shri Naresh Dayal, Secretary Health and Family Welfare were also present at the function.