Luminaries of healthcare: Meet the Padma Shree awardees of 2018

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The Government recently announced the list of the Padma awardees which featured many prominent names from different walks of life. The list featured total 89 people, who were honoured for their distinguished service on the eve of the 69th Republic Day.


From healthcare to social sector, Government has chosen many eminent personalities for their contribution towards society.

Name of many prominent faces including cricketer M S Dhoni, music maestro Ilaiyaraja and Lakshmikutty “ popularly known as the grandmother of the jungle has been featured in the list. Padma Awards-one of the highest civilians awards conferred in three categories across the fields. This year, out of total 89 awardees, 3 are from Padma Vibhushan, 9 from Padma Bhushan and 73 are from Padma Shree category.

Here are the medical practitioners who have been conferred the Padma Shree Award-


Doctor couple, Abhay Bang and Rani Bang: The Maharashtra couple has been conferred with the Padma Shree award for their exceptional work in the naxalites hit Gadchiroli district of the State. The couple dedicated themselves to improve healthcare facilities in the area.

Yeshi Dhoden: Nonagenerian monk, who has acted as personal healer of Dalai Lama has been honoured for his work on Tibetan herbal medicine.

Lakshmikutty: A tribal woman from Kerala has been honoured for her amazing work on herbal medicines. Popularly known as the grandmother of the jungle, she has prepared 500 herbal medicines from her memory. She has successfully treated thousands of people especially in snake, insects bite cases.

M R Rajgopal– Famously called as Medical Messiah, he brought into limelight the palliative care in the medical field which proved beneficial for millions of patients to get relief from pain. For his exceptional work on this front, he is also called the father of Palliative care in India.

Sanduk Ruit: Using small incision cataract surgery technique, Ruit is known for restoring vision of 100, 000 people across Asia and Africa. This eye surgeon from Nepal is credited with low cost cataract surgery.

Pankaj M Shah: This 73 year old doctor has been feted for his contribution on medical oncology. He has been working for cancer treatment for 43 years.

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