K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Dr Achanta Vivekanand, Dean, Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Nagunur, Karimnagar, was conferred with the prestigious “Distinguished service medal of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at a solemn member’s ceremony at London on October 15, 2021, at the RCOG headquarters, for his outstanding services and contributions to women health in the last three decades.
The citation and medal were conferred by Dr Edward Morris, president RCOG and he was introduced by Dr Patrick O’Brien, Vice Chair, RCOG. He had completed his MBBS from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad in 1979 and MD (Obs. &, Gyn) from Kakatiya Medical College in 1990, Fellowship in HIV AIDS Medicine, CMC Vellore and Institute of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata-2007.
The award recognizes his tireless services to Ante-natal women with HIV Aids at the government maternity hospital Hanamkonda from 2002 to 2013 where he counseled and delivered thousands of Ante-natal women with HIV and strove tirelessly to abolish stigma and discrimination towards these women with 24X7 helpline.
He was Chairman of Naco PPTCT with UNAIDS UNICEF WHO, drafted the ART for AnteNatal women with HIV. He treated more than 5,000 women with HIV as a consultant physician at Karunalayam, care and support centre run by the Indian missionary society Peddapendial.
His passion to serve the suffering women with HIV AIDS and his efforts to reduce the transmission of HIV to the unborn child were indeed praise worthy. Dr Achanta Vivekanand credits his success to his family his wife Chandramani, who constantly inspired him to pursue his passion, his mission and to withstand the tempests and storms.
He founded the Journal “Perspectives of Medical Research” at PIMS and is the Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Sickles Cell Anemia, Thallasemia and Hemolytic Disorders” at the PIMS and heading the Perinatology and Obstestric Medicine unit at PIMS.
PIMS chairman B Srinivasa Rao congratulate Dr Vivekanand for his award and stated that the PIMS inspires and encourages original work towards the improvement of women’s health in the community.