Tejavath Susheela, an Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) from Telangana, is one of the recipients of the prestigious National Florence Nightingale Awards. President Draupadi Murmu conferred these awards upon 30 individuals from across the country during a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.
Susheela works as an ANM with Yerragunta Primary Healthcare Centre located in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district. The awards were presented for the years 2022 and 2023 to nursing professionals at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The awardees included 15 names from 2022 and 15 names from 2023. Susheela was awarded for her service rendered for serving 25 years to Gutti Koya remote tribes. Susheela was recognised for taking healthcare to places where even roads do not exist. She has also participated in various national health programmes. The award consists of a certificate, a medal, and a cash prize of ₹50,000.
Established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 1973, the award is a recognition of exceptional service rendered by nurses and nursing professionals to society. The selection process is rigorous, involving nominations from various healthcare institutions, which are then evaluated by esteemed healthcare professionals.
Notably, Telangana did not receive any awards in 2021. However, in 2020, two ANMs from Telangana were honoured with the prize.