New Delhi: As a school-going girl, Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit "wanted to become a nurse", drawing
inspiration from Florence Nightingale who is remembered for
her work during the Crimean War.
Recalling her school days, 73-year-old Dikshit on Tuesday said
she read about famous personalities including English poet
William Wordsworth, scientist Sir Isaac Newton and Rani Jhansi
but one person who had inspired her most was Nightingale.
"We read about the greats of the world. We read about
Wordsworth, we read about Newton, we read about Rani Jhansi
and we read about Florence Nightingale. I can only share with
you that she (Nightingale) is the one person who had inspired
me most until I reached college.... I always wanted to
become a nurse," Dikshit said.
She was speaking after inaugurating a nursing summit here
organised by the Fortis healthcare.
Terming nursing as a very noble profession, she
emphasised the need to improve quality of healthcare services
across the world and bridge the gap between public and private
"The need is to show your commitment to take the
healthcare services of India forward and make it more
encompassing so that in health-care there is no divide between
the rich and the poor," she said.