Guwahati, Aug 31: Assam’s Dr. Ravi Kannan has been announced as the distinguished recipient of the ‘Hero for Holistic Healthcare’ award on the 65th anniversary of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
In this edition, Kannan is the sole awardee from India, highlighting his exceptional contributions to the field of healthcare. His dedication and commitment to holistic healthcare have earned him this prestigious recognition.
Who is Dr. Ravi Kannan?
Dr. Ravi Kannan has earned this distinguished award and is revolutionising cancer care in India’s North Eastern Region (NER).
In 1981, the region’s first cancer hospital was opened; in 1996, the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC) emerged with the initiative of a non-profit society. It was because of Dr. Ravi Kannan’s transformative leadership that CCHRC became a comprehensive cancer care facility.
He moved to Silchar with his wife, Seeta, in 2007 to take charge of the CCHRC.
Earlier, he had worked as a surgeon at Chennai’s Adyar Cancer Institute and was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the health sector.
In 2007, he took charge as the hospital director and brought innovative strategies and a compassionate vision that helped expand the hospital’s capabilities significantly.
Under his leadership, the hospital’s workforce has increased from 23 to 451.
What is Ramon Magsaysay Award?
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is considered one of Asia’s highest honours and is given to individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions to society. Dr. Ravi Kannan’s tireless efforts in promoting holistic healthcare not only in Assam but also across India have had a significant impact on improving the well-being of countless individuals. His innovative approaches and compassionate approach to patient care have set a benchmark for healthcare professionals worldwide.
Congratulatory messages and wishes started to pour in for Dr. Ravi Kannan.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also extended his warm congratulations to Dr. Ravi Kannan R on being bestowed with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2023.
HCM Dr @himantabiswa extends his warm congratulations to Dr Ravi Kannan R on being bestowed with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2023.
Dr Kannan has played an impactful role in transforming cancer care in Assam, especially in rural areas. He is also a Padmashree recipient.
— Chief Minister Assam (@CMOfficeAssam) August 31, 2023
Former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated Dr. Ravi Kannan on being conferred the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2023.
Congratulations to Dr Ravi Kannan R on being conferred the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2023.
A Padma Shri Award winner, Dr Kannan has led a grassroots movement for cancer care in Assam. He serves as an inspiration and I extend my best wishes to his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/NkwxCwHiMl
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 31, 2023
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