New Mexico honours US physician of Naga origin; declares July 19 as "Dr Jonathan Iralu Day"
In recognition of the service rendered by Nagaland-born physician, Dr Jonathan Iralu in times of pandemic, the state of New Mexico has declared July 19 as "Dr Jonathan Iralu Day".
Dr Jonathan Vilasier Iralu is an American citizen of Naga descent. He is the son of a celebrated scientist, late Dr Vichazelhu Iralu, who was also the chairman of the department of microbiology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the grandson of late Dr Sevilie Iralu of Khonoma village.
Dr Vilasier is among the team of seven doctors and nurses who are being recognised for their service by the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at the New Mexico History Museum.
The team of health professionals in New Mexico was named "health care heroes" by US media.
Besides their recognition, a particular day starting from July 19 all through July 26, 2021, has been attributed to honouring them as their day all over New Mexico starting with Dr Iralu's day on July 19.
Dr Vilasier is currently the Indian Health Service Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases, Instructor at Harvard Medical School.
He also serves as a senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Global Health Equity in Boston, Massachusetts.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio congratulated Dr Vilasier on his success.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "I'm delighted to know the State of New Mexico Exec. Office, Santa Fe, New Mexico has proclaimed July 19, 2021 as 'Dr. Jonathan Iralu Day'."
"Dr Jonathan Vilasier Iralu is a 3rd generation doctor from Khonoma village. He has made the people of Nagaland proud. Congratulations to him," he added.
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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