A felicitation programme was held recently at the Manipal Hospitals (Goa), Dona Paula; to recognise the services rendered by the medical staff in the fight against Covid 19 Pandemic.

The programme was organised by the Medical Wing of Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation (RERF), a sister-concern of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, a spiritual organisation in association with Manipal Hospitals (Goa). Dr. Shekhar Salkar, Oncologist, and Dr.Amol Mahaldar, Nephrologist, of Manipal Hospital; Dr.Sitakant Ghanekar, Oncologist, graced the occasion.

BK Shobha (the Administrative in-charge of Brahmakumaris for Goa and Sindhudurg) and BK Dr. Banarasilal Shah, (Executive secretary, Medical wing, Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation, from Brahmakumaris head-quarters at Mt. Abu, Rajasthan) felicitated the ‘COVID Warriors’ by presenting medals and certificates to around 35 medical staff of Manipal Hospital and 15 doctors and nurses from in and around Panaji.

Dr. Salkar, Dr. Mahaldar and Dr. Ghanekar were felicitated and they shared their experiences sacrifices made by their colleagues and medical staff in tackling the Covid 19 pandemic.

Dr Salkar praised the work done by Directorate of Health Service including their doctors especially Ayush doctors, nurses, PHN, anm, other multitasking staff, Goa Medical College , different ngo like Lions, Rotary, all government staff including IAS officers to lower-ranked staff and not to miss common people who helped in whatever way possible from their side.

In his speech, Dr. Banarasilal Shah praised the efforts of the braveheart doctors, nurses, technical staff and cleaners, during unprecedented times of the Coronavirus pandemic. He encouraged the ‘COVID warriors’ for their immense contribution. He said that the medical community selflessly perform their duties no matter what challenges they are facing in their own lives. They are facing the Covid virus and other fatal infections, putting their lives at risk to keep people safe.

Dr. Banarasilal Shah conveyed heartfelt gratitude to the team of doctors for their selfless commitment and diligence. Their hard work, long working hours and personal sacrifices make them ‘Angels on Earth’. He also termed the doctors as “next to God”.

Dr. Shah strongly urged the hospital to have a “Meditation room” in its premises. He added that learning the technique of meditation by doctors and medical staff is the call of time, since they are constantly exposed to high levels of stress and often emotional draining situations. “Meditation is essential for stress free medical practice and is helpful in giving healing touch to the patients suffering from diseases.”

Delivering the vote of thanks, Dr. Neha Kharangate, senior resident doctor from the Goa Medical college, thanked the ‘COVID warriors’ for taking time off their schedule and participating in the event and making the event successful. Dr.Neha practices Rajyoga meditation. She shared her experience of how Rajyoga helped her gain freedom from anxiety and stress.


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