“Honours for Excellence”

Double Helical Health Conclave and National Health Awards 2021 organised by Double Helical, a leading national health magazine witnessed a galaxy of eminent persons, who gathered to celebrate the success stories in achieving excellence in delivery of care including showcasing compassion and empathy for patients epitomised by doctors, healthcare institutions, and related organisations 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.
By Team Double Helical

Double Helical, India’s leading health magazine, successfully organised ‘Double Helical Health Conclave and National Health Awards 2021’ at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 02th of May, 2022. 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 (AHPI) India and the Consortium of Accredited Hospitals Organization (CAHO).

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 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.

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. The ceremony was graced by renowned gastroenterologist, hepatologist, translational scientist, researcher Dr Shiv Kumar Sarin, Vice Chancellor, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi as Chief Guest. Other eminent persons present on the occasion included Dr A K Agarwal, Professor of Excellence, Medical Advisor, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, & Ex-Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College, Dr Girdhar J Gyani, Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI, India), Dr Vijay Agarwal, President, Consortium of Accredited Hospitals Organization (CAHO). Dr Vinay Aggarwal, National Past President, Indian Medical Association, Dr Chandrakant Pandav, Padam Shri Awardee, Former Head of Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Dr Anoop Misra, Executive Chairman, Fortis C-DOC Hospital for Diabetes and Allied Sciences. Director, and Former Professor (Medicine), AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr Suneela Garg, Advisor ICMR, Professor of Excellence, Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College & Associated Hospitals New Delhi, Dr H S Chhabra, MD, India Spinal Injury Centre, New Delhi, Dr B L Sherwal, Director and Medical Suptd, ABVIMS & Dr RML Hospital New Delhi, Dr P D Rath, Director, Max Super speciality Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Neelam Mohan, Director, Dept of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology Liver Transplant, Medanta Hospital, Gurugram; Dr Ramesh K Goyal, Vice Chancellor, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU);, Dr G N Singh, Former Drug Controller General of India, Dr Nimesh G. Desai, Former Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Dr Rajiv Sood, Senior Consultant Urology and Founder Dean, ABVIMS, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital College, New Delhi, Dr V K Monga, Finance Secretary, IMA National, Dr R K Tuli, Chief Consultant, Holistic Medicine, SOHAM, New Delhi, and Amresh Kumar Tiwary, Editor-in-Chief, Double Helical.

The Award Function was preceded by lighting of the lamp by the esteemed Chief Guest and other dignitaries, and National Anthem and Sarswati Vandana by MRG World School, New Delhi.

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.

Amresh Tiwary, Editor-in-Chief of Double Helical, expressed his gratitude to all the people who contributed to making the event a huge success. “Today’s gala awards ceremony recognizes the immense contribution and outstanding achievements of doctors and healthcare institutions in the service of the nation. I thank you all for coming together and making it the definitive event of the healthcare sector,” he added.

Double Helical Healthcare Awards 2021 served as a testimony to the hard work of medical fraternity in developing the best healthcare and promoting state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities. The event aimed to take a look at the macro and micro factors, the current scenario and the way forward for the healthcare sector. 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.

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