DR. PUKHRAJ BAFNA (PADMASHRI AWARDEE)
Dr. Pukhraj Bafna is a consultant pediatrician and Adolescent counselor. He is an eminent medical scientist, an excellent medical researcher, a famous medical teacher, an innovative health educationist, a national faculty trainer, a popular column writer, a devoted social worker, a renowned health activist and an outstanding organizer. Dr. Bafna is widely recognized across the country for his extensive and exhaustive work on Tribal child Health and Adolescent health.
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Born on 12th January 1946 in a tribal village,Gatapaar of Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. Dr.Bafna did MBBS, DCH and MD in Pediatrics from NSB Medical College, Jabalpur and PhD. from JVB University, Rajasthan on Efficacy of Yoga & Preksha meditation on childhood and adolescent asthma. This is a pioneer work and of its own kind. He is a Fellow of Indian Academy of Pediatrics and International college of Pediatrics.
Dr.Bafnas book on “Status of Tribal Child Health in India” has depicted the picture of Tribal Child health in different parts of the country with probable solutions. He has travelled in almost all tribal regions of India. His book has been duly recognized by CAB International UK- an Inter governmental organization to dissiminate scientific knowledge world wide.
Dr. Bafna has visited & organized camps at far distant areas of Tribal Population for research and study and organised national conference on Tribal Child Health. Dr. Bafna is rendering medical and social services for 150 Orphan children who lost their parents killed by naxalites in Tribal areas of Bastar in Salwajudoom.
Dr.Bafna is doing Operational research on Adolescent Health since last three decades. Uptil now more than 4 lakhs Adolescent girls and boys have been interacted by Dr. Bafna throughout the country empowering them with life skills and family life education. He has written many chapters on Adolescent Health in different medical text books and National & International magazines. He has conducted state, national and International seminars, workshops and training programmes on Adolescent care for doctors, educationists, teachers and NGO’s in different corners of the country. Mission Kishore uday of Indian Academy of Pediatrics is a brain child of Dr. Bafna, which has been conducted in 55 cities of India.
Dr.Bafna is the only Health column writer in India, writing every week since last 45 years uninterrupted in daily newspapers and magazines. His activity on health education also includes conduction of more than 500 child health camps in remote and distant tribal rural areas. He has written more than 500 scientific, medical and health articles published in English, Hindi and other languages in different magazines and newspapers all over the country. He has been a part of conduction of health programmes in many channels of electronic media.
Dr. Bafna is continuing his academic activities through researches. He is the chairman of ethical committee of national biomedical research on malaria by ICMR and chairman ethical committee for ongoing researches in medical college Rajnandgaon.
He has been invited in state planning commission and has been advisor to many provincial committees on health plannings and programmes.
The main thrust of activities of the nominee are on Tribal child health, Adolescent health, Prevention of malnutrition, prevention of blindness, sickle cell anemia control programme, health education through media, School health initiative ,Promotion of Yogic sciences in the modern medical world etc. He has devoted more than 4 decades, half of his life for the service of downtroddens and sick humanity. His work has been need based and problem oriented. The beneficiaries are innumerable.
He has been invited to deliver three oration awards, the highest academic honour given to a medical scientist. He has presented more than 150 papers in many state, national, International conferences since last 4 decades.
He has three world records at his credit in Golden book of World Records for the only book on status of tribal child health, for authoring health column for longest time and unique research for PhD. which is a rare achievement.
He has organized many state and national conferences as organizing chairman, Secretary. He has chaired many academic sessions and presided over many conferences. No national conference on pediatrics is complete without presentation of Dr. Bafna.
Dr. Bafna has adopted a tribal village and a school in the remote rural area of unprivileged students for its complete development and upliftment.
Dr.Bafna is a glittering star of medical galaxy of India, his academic, scientific and social activities still continues providing far reaching results. He is recipient of many prestigious awards. He has been conferred the coveted National “Padmashri Award” by the President of India in 2011.