The *10th MedscapeIndia National Award Trophy* was unveiled today on 5th October by the *Honorable Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari* in the presence of National Presidents of Medical Associations and MedscapeIndia Advisory & Organising Committee Members and celebrities.
*Dr. Sunita Dube* – Renowned Radiologist, Health Entrepreneur and Founder Chairperson MedscapeIndia AMET, *Dr. Niraj Dube*-
Consulting Pathologist, Industrial Health Consultant, MD Aryan Hospital & Medical Centre, *Prof.Dr. Sushmita Bhatnagar*- Pediatric Surgeon, President AMC, *Dr. Quresh Maskati* –
Ace Ophthalmologist past President All India Ophthalmological Society(AIOS), *Dr.Smita Naram*- Co-Founder of Ayushakti, *Dr. Nandita Palshetkar* – President (FOGSI) Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India, *Dr.M L Sharaf* – Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bombay Hospital, *Dr. Hrishikesh Pai* – Leading Gynecologist, former President FOGSI, and *Dr. Umaira Sheikh* Cosmetologist were present to represent the medical fraternity on the occasion.
Honorable Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said* “I would like to congratulate MedscapeIndia’s initiative to save, nurture and protect the girl child through their initiative “Save the girl child from womb to tomb. The best part about this initiative is that India’s best doctors are associated with this cause. It is the most responsible job in the world to save both mother and child after birth. Our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s dream to see every child educated is not far, thanks to MedscapeiIndia. We belong to a country where girls are treated like Goddess, MedscapeIndia has all my support”
*An Ace Radiologist Philanthropist and Social activist Dr. Sunita Dube who needs no recognition when it comes to charitable causes said* “Since last 18 years MedscapeIndia ran the campaign to ‘Save the Girl child’ but this year we are glad to revise this campaign making it “Save the Girl Child from Womb to Tomb”. We are grateful to the honorable governor His Excellency Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari for launching the 10th MedscapeIndia National Awards and ‘I save the girl child from womb to tomb’ pledge today at his office.”
“Today it was a very fruitful meeting with the Governor as we presented him our vision towards saving the girl child and women empowerment while he gave us valuable suggestions which we will surely incorporate to enhance the impact of this campaign. We discussed that are we free after the 75 years of freedom?…. in terms of the freedom of the girl child,women health care, freedom for education, gender equality and women’s rights to property, social respect and protection against crime against women.”
Talking about the Virtual event on 10th October she said,” All these issues are of prime concern which will be the part of the session on ‘Saving the girl child from womb to tomb’ as part of a panel of discussion.The subject means not only securing her survival (from the womb) but to make her reach the pinnacle of her career( Tomb), letting her live a fulfilled life through the various states of being a girl till she evolves as a complete woman of substance.I request one and all to join the session on the occasion of the 13th Save the Girl child Program & the 10th MedscapeIndia National Awards on 10th October and givee the support to MedscapeIndia initiative and take the pledge of saving the girl child from Womb to Tomb.”
Elaborating on the upcoming MedscapIndia National Awards & 13th Save the Girl Child Program she said,” This year the event is going global and aims to create a global awareness on saving the girl child and women empowerment. For the awards, we have received nominations from across the globe, from the USA, Greece, the UK, Iran, Iraq, and many more, which shows our global reach in the minds of the people. Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, the awards will be presented in the virtual setup, which became an opportunity to reach out across the globe to incorporate international speakers and nominees. Though we have cut down the awards this year, we have only 12 awards, but I am sure it will create a huge impact. This year in the panel.of discussions, we have honorable ministers of states on board as speakers to give their views on the “My Daughter My State” session. We are glad to have Dr. Harshvardhan who has joined this campaign along with State and Government heads to support us. We hope to win more support from people”
*Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Leading Gynecologist, former President FOGSI quoted saying* “MedscapeIndia and I go way back. It is an outstanding organization, they have done a lot of noble work for women. They have been rewarding doctors for their work to serve humanity. I would like to congratulate them for their initiative ‘Save the girl child from womb to tomb’. It is high time that we do everything in our power to eradicate female foeticide. Women should be respected and loved, they deserve equal opportunities as men. If they succeed, the country will succeed”
*Dr. Nandita Palshetkar – President (FOGSI) Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India* “Congratulations to Dr.Sunita Dube, I think 13 years is a long time and she has done this wonderful job of saving the girl child and this year’s slogan of Save the girl child from womb to tomb accomplishes the entire life cycle of a women. It is a fantastic thought process because we as women are caregivers and as obstetricians & Gynecologists I have realized that it is from the womb that we have to achieve first to survive and then accomplish the rest.Unfortunately, Women have been always treated as second-class citizens, while they are supposed to sacrifice everything from eating less and keep for the family and never take their health as a priority, which certainly needs to be addressed.
*Dr.M L Sharaf said, “I am very happy to be associated with Dr. Sunita Dube right from the time of the inception of MedscapeIndia’s Save the Girl Child Movement. Today it’s the 13th year and we are very proud to have the Awards trophy for this year unveiled by no other than the Honourable Governor of Maharashtra who gave us very encouraging words. We all believe in saving the girl child but hearing it from a veteran like him. I wish MedscapeIndia all the very best for the future”