The Philippines organization LIMRA and the Tamil Nadu Medical Practitioners’ Association (TAMPA) have jointly bestowed the “TAMPA-LIMRA Excellence Award-2017” on our Chairman Dr G.Bakthavathsalam at a function got up in Chennai on July 29th, 2017.
Doctors from the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka participated in the event.
The award was given to Dr Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, KG Hospital, in recognition of his contributions to the healthcare sector and his natural tendency to extend a helping hand to the people at the hour of need, such as providing timely medical services and relief materials to the victims of natural disasters such as floods, earthquake and tsunami and to the soldiers injured in the Kargil war.
Speaking at the award function, Dr Bakthavathsalam said that he was a recipient of Dr B.C.Roy Award in 1984 from the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Later, he was honoured with Padma Shri Award by the then President Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University and so on.
He further stated that “for the medical services rendered by me and having saved their lives, the patients and their relatives are calling me ‘God’ or ‘God like.’ I don’t think that people in any other professions will get such adulations as doctors get,” he said.
‘Recognition & appreciation’ – great motivating factors
- Dr Bakthavathsalam said, “Awards, recognition and appreciation are the great motivating factors for the doctors that will further propel them to render the best possible healthcare services to make the patients happy. The patients come to a doctor with high expectations and trust. By transforming this trust to trustworthiness is spirituality.”
“Even the tiny tots in Lower Kindergarten and Upper Kindergarten schools aspire to get ‘Silver Stars’ (as a symbol of merit) tucked in their shirts. Bright students pursuing higher education hope to get Gold Medals.
“In the Olympics the sportspersons aim at getting at least a Silver Medal or a Bronze Medal. Depending upon our contributions or achievements in our medical professions, the society will honour us with awards that will in turn inspire us to do better,” Dr Bakthavathsalam said.
He also noted that, “to be born as a human being is the first award given by God. He has not created us as lowly creatures in remote corners or as a python in Amazon forests or as a pig in a gutter ingesting all waste matters. Neither has He made us to be born in Kenya or any other backward places to wallow in poverty.”
The Chairman also noted that “we are fortunate enough to get education and good parental care. After completing the schooling it is customary for the meritorious students joining medical courses to say that they intend to serve the society. But once they become doctors, the word “service” simply vanishes from their minds.
Dr Bakthavathsalam said that offering prayers to Anjaneya (or whatever name you call the Almighty) and reciting the Gayatri Mantra:
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
will make the endeavours of doctors to bear fruits, Dr Bakthavathsalam added.