Indian Medical Association honors Dr. Shukla Raval for Community Service on National Doctors Day

Dr. Shukla Rawal. PHOTO: Courtesy Dr. Rawal

On the occasion of National Doctor’s Day, which falls on July 1 and celebrates the legacy of Dr. B.C. Roy, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) hosted an awards ceremony to honor those doctors who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to improving the health and well-being of society.

Dr Shukla Raval, a general practitioner based in Unjha, Gujarat, was honored under the Community Service Award category at the IMA Headquarters in Delhi on July 1.

A June 20, 2024 letter from IMA to Dr. Raval, said, “To commemorate National Doctors’ Day, IMA is observing an Award Ceremony on 1st July, 2024 to felicitate the doctors who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to their patients and the medical field in improving the health and well-being of the society and have inspired us.”

Award certificate presented to Dr. Raval. PHOTO: Courtesy Dr. Raval

The letter went on to say, “Your accomplishments and unwavering commitment to the medical profession make you an esteemed role model for aspiring doctors and a beacon of hope for patients.”

Dr. Raval, as well as her siblings, Dr. Smita Joshi and Dr. Nirav Raval, have long advocated for the inclusion of juvenile diabetes in government health programs in Gujarat. The Gujarat Department of Health and Family Welfare initiated several important measures to provide treatment for juvenile diabetes across the state, including purchase of insulin pens and cartridges for children, and an increased budget allocation for treatment of the disease.

National Doctors Day is named after Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, an eminent physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. In 1991, the Government of India officially declared July 1 as National Doctor’s Day.



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