Governor N.N. Vohra and Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, felicitated Firdous Ansari, Senior Staff Nurse, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, for receiving the Florence Nightingale Award (2017) from the President of India, at the Raj Bhavan here today.
Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health and Medical Education; Abid Hussain Ansari, MLA Zadibal; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Health and Medical Education; Prof. A.G. Ahangar, Director SKIMS; Dr. M.S. Khuroo, former HoD, Gastro, SKIMS; Dr. Khursheed Iqbal, former HoD, Cardiology, SKIMS; Ms. Mehmooda, Principal College of Nursing; Ms. Shameema Gamgeen, Incharge Nursing, SKIMS; doctors, nursing staff of SKIMS and friends and family members of Ms. Ansari were present on the occasion.
It may be recalled that the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, had recently conferred the Florence Nightingale Award to 35 nurses from across the country on the occasion of International Nurses Day, at the Rashrapati Bhavan.
Congratulating Ms. Ansari for her outstanding achievement the Governor lauded her professionalism, dedication and devotion in providing nursing care to a large number of patients over the years since she joined SKIMS. He added that Ms. Ansari had made all of us in the State proud with her achievement and congratulated Director SKIMS and staff of the Institute for always rising to the occasion to provide the best medical care in the State.
Governor stressed the need for giving due recognition to doctors, teachers, paramedics, nurses, government employees and others who serve the State with efficiency and diligence for the betterment of the society. Referring to the outstanding work done in the field of water borne and stomach diseases by Dr. M.S. Khuroo, former HoD of Gastroenterology in SKIMS, Governor said that we feel proud to have such dedicated doctors who are relentless in their service to mankind.
Speaking at the function Sh. Bali Bhagat, Health Minister stated that the award to Ms. Ansari is an achievement for the entire State. He said that the medical institutions in J&K have highly dedicated medical staff who are always ready to deal with all medical emergencies.
Mrs. Vohra felicitated Ms. Ansari by presenting her a shawl on the occasion.
Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Health and Medical Education, presented the Welcome Address while Prof. A.G. Ahangar, Director SKIMS gave the Vote of Thanks.