Dr Mahesh Verma, who is among recipients of prestigious Padma Shri for 2014, feels that Punjab should give more attention towards improving dental care services. Dr Verma's brother Rakesh Verma and family, who are based in Bathinda, feel proud over the award won by him.
Out of total 127 recipients, 26 Padma Shri awardees are from health and medicine category this time.
Dr Verma had been recently elected national president of Dental Council of India. He has contributed to the field of dental health and achieved success in transforming Maulana Azad Medical College, a small dental school, into a renowned institute for dental treatment that caters to around 1,500 people daily.
Speaking to HT over phone, Dr Verma said, "I feel that the Punjab state should make efforts to improve dental care scenario that includes use of modern technology, specialist dentists, institutional quality improvement and availability of dental radiology to people of Punjab, especially the poor. Dental course passouts are mostly jobless and their morale should be given a boost. Specialisation is the need of the hour. Soon, we are going to organise an International Dentist Conference in Delhi, where dentists from 135 countries will take part."
Bathinda-based Rakesh Verma, younger brother of Dr Mahesh Verma, said, "I feel proud of my elder brother who had done his schooling from here. Dr Verma was always dedicated and committed towards his dreams and wanted to do best for his nation and its people."
In the past also, Dr Verma has received several awards, including the Dental Public Health Award by National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013, Vashisht Chikitsa Ratan Award by Delhi Medical Association - 2013, Commendation by vice-chief of Army Staff in 2009, Dr BC Roy National Award, 2007, from the President, etc.