Dr. A Nagarathna, who has been taking care of the health of the senior citizens in the Ballari district for over two decades has been selected for the Rajyotsava Award under the ‘Medicine’ category this time.
With a keen interest in physical, psychological, and social impacts of age and chronic diseases in elderly people. She runs an old age home named ‘Krishna Sannidhi’ in the memory of her father Subramaniam.
At present, Over 80 elderly people from Ballari, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad are being taken care of, which is absolutely free of cost and this humane service has been happening for over 2 decades now, which has led her to this prestigious Rajyotsava Award.
She holds an MBBS degree from Ballari Medical College and a post-graduate diploma from the Symbiosis of Pune in Medico-legal science and the Indira Gandhi Open University in Geriatric Medicine.
She now runs the Geeta Nursing Home, and Geeta Dispensary in the Vaddarabande area of the city and devotes all her income to her noble and charitable work by serving the elderly and to the old age home. She visits the old age home four to five times a day.
A few years ago, This old age home was awarded ‘the best organization to serve the senior citizens’. She feels honored to have the state title award and also mentions that there was no application for this award, hence someone might have recommended her name for her humane work.
The Karnataka government on Wednesday announced the names of eminent personalities for the Rajyotsava awards. Rajyotsava award function is going to be held on November 7, 2020. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will give away the awards at a formal function in Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru on November 7, said Kannada and Culture Minister CT Ravi. The award carries a cash component of Rs 1 Lakh, a gold medal weighing 20 grams, and a citation.
Other awardees in the medicine category are Venkatappa from Ramanagaram, Ashok Sannad from Bagalkot, and BS Srinath from Shivamogga.