Bhubaneswar: Dr PKB Pattnaik, a doctor from Odisha, has become the eighth person from India to be selected for the prestigious Damien-Dutton award for the year 2012. Dr Pattanaik (51) has been selected in recognition of his more than 25 years of dedication to the victims of leprosy in India and for his direct involvement in making the multi-drug therapy available to the people affected with leprosy in pursuance of his goal to eliminate leprosy in Odisha, official sources said. "I am happy that the people have recognised my work. We have to work hard to make rest 16 districts leprosy free," Dr Pattnaik told reporters. Congratulating Dr Pattnaik, state Health Minister Damodar Rout said, "Other doctors working in the field should learn from the dedication of Dr Pattnaik." Dr Dharmendra was the first man from India to get this award in 1970 followed by Muralidhar D Amte (Baba Amte) in 1983, Mother Teresa (1984), Dr K V Deskan (2000), Eliazar T Rose (2005) and Dr E P Fritschi (2006).
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