PSMDTA honours its faculty with Covid-19 Warrior Awards
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
In a specially arranged programme, more than eighty faculty members of Government Medical and Dental Colleges in Patiala were honoured with Covid-19 pandemic warrior awards by Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA). Former Director Research and Medical Education Punjab and world renowned clubfoot correction orthopaedic expert Dr. R.L. Mittal, who has been honoured with Padam Shari Award this year, was the chief guest on this occasion who distributed the award certificates along with former Principal Dr. KD Singh, principal Government Dental College Patiala Dr. Renu Bala Sarao and Professor Emeritus Anatomy Dr. Subash Kaushal.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mittal shared his lifelong hard work and success stories in the field and appreciated the contribution of the medical professionals in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Due to vast research and work in clubfoot correctional surgeries, Patiala has come on the world map in this field and the younger generation should carry forward the legacy by starting research work in medical college, said Mittal.
According to Dr Vijay Bodal, acting state president, Dr. DS Bhullar state general secretary and Dr Darshanjit Singh Walia General Secretary Patiala unit of the association, the faculty members who have been awarded, represent all doctors and other paramedical staff members of Rajindra Hospital Patiala who worked day and night for more than ten months during the Covid pandemic without caring for their own life and families and the association is proud of these COVID Warriors.
The association has also demanded that the department of Medical Education and Research should honour all the doctors like in health and police departments who worked with full dedication during the pandemic. The department even cancelled the summer and winter vacation of Medical and dental Teachers during the pandemic but has failed to recognise their services in the pandemic, said the association leaders.