“Honours for excellence”

Dear Readers,

Thanks a lot for your kind support. With your bless Double Helical, India’s leading health magazine, once again successfully organised ‘National Health Conclave and Awards 2019 in New Delhi recently. An impressive gathering comprising who’s who of the healthcare industry besides distinguished guests and people from different walks of life witnessed the brainstorming Conclave and glittering Awards ceremony, organised by the magazine with the support of the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) and the Consortium of Accredited Hospitals Organization.(CAHO).
This time Double helical paid homage to COVID-19 warriors who laid down their lives in line of duty and gave awards to all those organizations/ individuals who played pivotal role in providing COVID- 19 care in difficult time. The gala awards ceremony recognizes the immense contribution and outstanding achievements of doctors and healthcare institutions in the service of the nation. The doctors and prominent persons from various fields witnessed the mega awards ceremony organised to encourage the quality work being done in the healthcare sector.

Double Helical National Health Awards 2021was preceded by National Health Conclave on “Improving Availability & Affordability of Healthcare for Common Man” where leaders from government, academia, community, industry and international agencies discussed on lasting solutions to enable India reach goal of providing universal health coverage (UHC). The immensely thought-provoking Conclave discussed discussed on how to characterize universal health coverage (UHC) like availability, accessibility, affordability and acceptability (Quality). According to health experts who were present in scientific seminar, India has roughly 1.5 beds as against WHO norm of 3.5 beds per 1000 population.

We therefore need to add more than double the number of beds. Even more important is the accessibility as most of tertiary care beds are confined to Tier-I and some in Tier-II towns, leaving Tier-III and rural areas without adequate tertiary care services and thereby forcing population to travel long distances to avail these services. Affordability continues to be the area of concern. Chief Guest Dr Shiv Kumar Sarin, delivered an inspiring speech in which he praised the commitment and hard work of the medical community in the care of ongoing health issues, saying, “Dedicated doctors and healthcare institutions like today’s winners are responsible for the enhancement of the glory of medical profession. I would like to extend special thanks to Team Double Helical for joining me in publically celebrating the sheer hard work and perseverance of the members of India’s healthcare community.” Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest, said, “Awards are a way to encourage excellence. This is the reason why Double Helical organizes awards ceremony every year to acknowledge the achievements of deserving doctors and other members of the medical community who have devoted their lives to the service of humanity.

The winners of National Health Awards 2021 have not only made their profession proud, but brought accolades to the nation too.” Double Helical Health Awards is a platform that recognises innovation, people, products and services that are helping to transform healthcare sector in the country and ushering in affordable, high quality and inclusive healthcare for patients. It is a mega annual event, keenly- awaited in the country. We thank you all for coming together and making it the definitive event of the healthcare sector. Let’s know about current issue of Double Helical there is more such interesting and thought-provoking stuff to savour. So, happy reading!

Thanks and regards

Amresh K Tiwary,

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