The President of India Droupadi Murmu presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards for the years 2022 and 2023 to the Nursing professionals at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on June 22, 2023. .

Reliance Pyrngap from Meghalaya received the National Florence Nightingale Award for the year 2022 for her dedicated service. Pyrngap has more than 35 years of service both as an ANM and LHV. She has served the communities of Saipung Primary Health Centre and currently is posted at Sunga Community Health Centre, East Jaintia Hills, Khliehriat, Meghalaya.

She is efficient in her job and goes beyond her call of duty to serve her community. Her leadership, hard work, initiative and empathy are commendable. She has saved many lives of women during complicated childbirth. She has updated herself by attending various CNE programs at National, State and District levels. Reliance Pyrngap’s service to community is highly appreciated by the public and district authorities.

Pyrngap expressed her happiness as she said, “I am elated and deeply grateful to be given this recognition for my hard work and I try to give a hundred per cent from the beginning till the end of the year,” while adding, “Obviously it is impossible to give a hundred per cent but that does not stop me from working as hard as possible which I feel has resulted in this award.”

“I want to tell my colleagues to continue giving their best in their work and that they too will be recognised for this very important service that we provide to the society,” she adds.

Expressing her gratitude to the Government of India and the Government of Meghalaya for selecting her for this honour, Pyrngap says, “This is the government’s recognition of my hard work.”

Meghalaya Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh congratulated Reliance Pyrngap on her prestigious achievement, as she expressed, “I extend our heartfelt appreciation and warmest congratulations to Ms. Reliance Pyrngap, Lady Health Visitor from Sutnga CHC, East Jaintia Hills, for receiving the prestigious National Florence Nightingale Award. This well-deserved recognition highlights her exceptional contributions as a nursing professional and symbolizes the dedication and hard work she has exhibited in rendering healthcare services to the people”. Referring to the government’s commitment in recognising hard work, Dr Lyngdoh said, “We honor Ms. Reliance Pyrngap and all the health providers who selflessly serve society, improving lives and making a lasting impact”. Her commitment and compassion inspire us all, and the government expresses its sincere gratitude for her invaluable contributions to the field of healthcare, she added.

The National Florence Nightingale Award was instituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in the year 1973 as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services rendered by the nurses and nursing professionals to the society.