29th Yudhvir Foundation Memorial Award presented to Dr Evita Fernandez

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Hyderabad: The '29th Yudhvir Foundation Award' has been conferred to
Hyderabad-based gynecologist and a true champion for women, Dr Evita
Fernandez – Chairperson of Fernandez Foundation, for her selfless and
compassionate work in the field of maternal healthcare and contribution to the
empowerment of women.She received the award from Vice President of India, M.Venkaiah Naidu via virtual meeting.

An otherwise elaborate function, this year, keeping in view of the pandemic, the
trustees decided to keep it strictly low key in a small private virtual ceremony ably
compered by Mr. Anuj Gurwara. As a part of her award, Dr Evita Fernandez has
been presented with a citation and Rs. 1 Lakh honorarium.

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu congratulated Dr Fernandez for her path-
breaking efforts to make childbirth a natural and positive experience for women.
While addressing the Yudhvir Memorial Award ceremony from Upa-RashtrapatiNivas on Friday Venkaiah Naidu said, Women health is vital for the overall health of a family, under-nutrition continues to affect women in India and concerted efforts are needed to address the issue.

The Vice President said that improving maternal healthcare is of crucial importance and so is the need to reduce unnecessary C sections.Venkaiah Naidu on Late Shri Yudhvir in whose name the award is instituted, today being his 100th birth anniversary, remarked that he was a man of many parts. “He was a freedom fighter, social worker and a reputed journalist, all rolled into one.Above all, he was a noble individual, a truly exemplary human being.”

Adding to that he also said that award and honor restored upon Yudhvir views, not only motivates the awardees to scale greater heights but also inspires others to evaluate themselves. A tradition of recognising and rewarding people for their good work has been embraced in the Indian culture, Naidu said.

Speaking on the occasion, the 29th Yudhvir Foundation Memorial Award recipient Dr. Evita Fernandez, said, "I stand before you with emotions and indeed honor for receiving the Yudhvir Memorial award and I have read the life sketch of Yudhvir Ji, I discovered him as a freedom fighter and renowned journalist. He had faced many trials including being imprisoned and yet he demonstrated incredible courage. Today it is his 100th birthday and I wish to refer to the fact that both Daily Hindi Milap and Fernandez Hospital are 70-year-old institutions, we share a common history, we both are engaged in serving the community.

She further said that Hindi Milap is an integral part of life for Hindi-speaking readers in southern India and a flood barrier of Hindi journalism bringing fair and unbiased reporting to its readers.

Dr. Fernandez feels that one of the commendable aims of the Yudhvir Foundation is to promote activities related to public health and the welfare of humanity. This aligns with the vision and mission of Fernandez Foundation – we are committed to respectable care for women and children, Dr Fernandez added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Murlidhar Gupta, Chairman of Yudhvir Foundation
said,The foundation has suffered a loss of two important individuals – Mr.
Narendra Luther who was the chairman of Yudhvir Foundation and trustee
Dr.Bajranglal Gupta.But we will continue to strive and give our best with their
guiding principles.

He thanked the Vice President for being the chief guest for the Yudhvir
Foundation award ceremony. Gupta further said that Naidu has been a vocal
supporter of anti-gender discrimination and applauded his call for a national
movement to empower women and educate them.

The virtual award ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks by Prakash Jain
from Daily Hindi Milap. The virtual ceremony was viewed by friends and family
of both the foundations and some select associates.