Nilgiris Kendra
Kulapati Munshi Award
The Nilgiris Kendra conferred the Kulapati Munshi Award on Radhika Shastry, a citizen of Coonoor.
During the COVID pandemic, she turned her energies towards improving the healthcare infrastructure in the district. With the wholehearted support of her cafe patrons and local residents she took the initiative to distribute 40 oxygen concentrators to various medical centres in the district. She helped set up an oxygen plant in Govt. Lawley hospital, Coonoor with ACT grant. She sourced six AmbuRX ambulances customised to suit the terrain of the district. These are deployed in various hospitals at Coonoor, Ketti and Kotagiri. She spearheaded the construction of a completely new casualty ward, ICU and the first-ever paediatric ward at Govt. Lawley Hospital, Coonoor. She also promoted a vaccination drive with 2000 vaccines being provided free of charge, sponsored by Caterpillar through United Way, Chennai.
A moment of great pride was when Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi, praised her in his programme, Mann Ki Baat, recognising her invaluable contribution.
At the ceremony conducted at the Coonoor Club, the award was conferred on Ms. Shastry by Dr. M. R. Srinivasan, Chairman Emeritus of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nilgiris Kendra. In her acceptance speech, she commended the support given by her team and that of the doctors from Lawley Hospital, as also the patrons of her niche eatery, Cafe Diem. She also emphasised the need for public participation to ensure the betterment of
the district.
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