Recently, I met a young nurse Shanti Teresa Lakra who had received a Padma Shri a year after I received it, at the
Lady Reading Nursing
School, attached to .
She is a public health nurse who when posted in a tribal area ended up working
for them for five years and during this period, she did a lot of service to
humanity by serving tribes who were totally disconnected with the outside
world. I was so touched with devotion for the cause. In 2010, she received the
Florence Nightingale Award which is equivalent to the Dr. BC Roy National Award
for doctors. The Florence Nightingale Award was given to her by Vice President
Shri Hamid Ansari and after meeting her during the Award function, it was our
Vice President who was so impressed with her that he nominated her for the
Padma Shri. Bada Hindu Rao Hospital
Let the story of Shanti Teresa Lakra be an inspiration for our nursing profession to work for the humanity and to aspire for such awards.