Mathrubhumi Health Award conferred on nurse Lini; Mammootty honours Nipah fighters
Perambra (Kozhikode): In a ceremony held in the native place of nurse Lini who sacrificed her life in the battle against deadly Nipah virus, her husband P. Sajeesh and son Rithul received Mathrubhumi Health Award from actor Mammootty. The award was conferred on Lini posthumously.
Sajeesh arrived at the function along with his sons Rithul and Siddharth and other family members of Lini. Mathrubhumi Managing Editor P. V. Chandran handed over the prize money of Rs 1 lakh to Sajeesh in the event held at Perambra Higher Secondary School ground. Mammootty honoured those who were in the forefront of the Nipah battle.
Mammootty said that it was a celebration of winning a great war and was an honour to get an opportunity to appreciate the brave souls who fought the war. A disease grips people regardless of their caste, religion and politics. The courage, mutual trust, humanity and love that helped defeat the virus should prevail at all times, he added.
Health minister K. K. Shailaja, minister for labour T. P. Ramakrishnan, Kozhikode Government Medical College Principal Dr. V. R. Rajendran, Chest Hospital Superintendent Dr. T. P. Rajagopal, Super Speciality hospital superintendent Dr. K. M. Kuriakose, Kozhikode Corporation Health Officer Dr. R. S. Gopakumar and Mathrubhumi senior photographer Sajan V. Nambiar received felicitation letter from Mammootty.
Also representatives of Baby Memorial Hospital, Perambra Taluk Hospital, Kozhikode Medical College PG students, nursing staff, cleaning staff, Angel International Foundation ambulance service and crematorium staff received felicitation letters.
Mathrubhumi Managing Director M. P. Veerendra Kumar MP chaired the function. He said that honouring those who worked hard to resist Nipah is a historical moment for Mathrubhumi. Lini sacrificed her life during the days when people feared to go to hospital even when they were affected with the disease. Her husband and children will also be there in our memoires, he added.
Minister K. K. Shailaja said after receiving the honour that we survived Nipah together bravely though everyone were scared of it. People stood together regardless of all differences to obey the directions of the health department. We are all set to face Nipah even if it comes back, she said.
Mathrubhumi Joint Managing Director M. V. Shreyams Kumar delivered the welcome speech and organising committee chairman M. Kunhahammed extended vote of thanks. Mathrubhumi Director P. V. Gangadharan, Perambra block panchayat president A. C. Sathi, gram panchayat president K. M. Reena, panchayat member Mini Ponpara and organising committee general convenor K. Balanarayanan were present at the dais.