Shrestha bags Nick Simons Award-2016

Kathmandu, March 22: Bal Gopal Shrestha, public health inspector at a health post in Pyuthan, has grabbed the Nick Simons Award-2016.
Established by the Nick Simons Institute, a Nepal-based organisation working in the field of rural health care, the award is given to one among health workers every year contributing to the holistic quality and infrastructure development in rural health system.
Shrestha outperformed a list of 118 health workers from 63 districts across the country who applied for the prize. Set up by founder of the Institute Dr Jim Simons and his wife Marilyn in memory of their late son Nick, the award carries a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a felicitation letter.
A selection team comprising the National Health Training Centre director Dr Sri Krishna Bhatta, officer Sabin Chaudhary and the Institute administrative officer Nawaraj Shrestha picked Shrestha for the award.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa handed out the award amid a programme today in the Capital.
Speaking at the event, minister Thapa informed that the ministry has prioritised quality and infrastructure development of rural health service.
Likewise, health secretary Dr Senendra Raj Upreti and Director General of the Department of Health Services Dr Rajendra Panta said the ministry focuses on ensuring health rights as stipulated by the constitution and infrastructures were ready for providing health services in line with the new federal setup. RSS

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