Kozhikode: Mathrubhumi pays respects to the people who fought in the battle against Nipah. The decision was talken considering the fact that they fought valiantly as part of offering their service.
People ranging from sanitary employees to ministers worked together in the crisis. It was their relentless efforts that helped to get rid of Nipah. The doctors, nurses and cleaning employees have followed the footprints of Doctor Pallu who created his death-will before treating the patients who suffered plague in Bangalore in 1896.
It is the skill of the doctors that enabled them to diagnose Nipah in the second patient itself. The precautions taken by them prevented the disease spreading beyond the primary source. Kerala is indebted to them for the recovery of two people who were affected by the Nipah virus.
Mathrubhumi will arrange a program in which all the people who endeavored to prevent Nipah virus in a such a short span of time will be honuored on a single stage. The people who will be invited include ministers, head of the departments, the specialists who gave leadership to the diagnosis and treatment, the health workers like doctors and nurses hospital employees, ambulance drivers and social workers. The program was decided after the official announcement of the health department about tackling Nipah virus.
Rs 1 lakh cash prize for health service
Mathrubhumi will give Rs 1 lakh cash award each year for a person who offers supreme services in the health sector. The first award will be given to nurse Lini posthumously, who lost her life while treating people suffering from Nipah at Perambra Taluk hospital.