On Monday, the Tamil Nadu government announced ‘Hospital Day’ to be held every year on July 30 which is to mark the birth anniversary of one of the country’s prominent successful woman doctors in the early 20th century and the state’s first woman legislator Muthulakshmi Reddy.
Health ministry issued a statement that said doctors, nurses and other employees of government hospitals and primary health centers would be able to showcase their activities, new initiatives, and achievements as part of the celebrations.
“Funds have been allocated to every hospital,” it said. The day is also celebrated to publicize services offered by the hospitals besides appreciating NGOs, donors’ social institutions and corporates offering corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for the development of the hospitals, the statement said.
Muthulakshmi Reddi was born on July 30, 1886, in Pudukottai princely state. She took up various social service activities and became the first woman legislator of Tamil Nadu assembly. Reddy who also founded the Adyar Cancer Institute died in 1968.