digital desk, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that vaccination is the only proven way to deal with the pandemic, including the new variant of Kovid.
PM Modi said this during an extensive high-level meeting with Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors/Administrators of States and Union Territories. He chaired the meeting, which reviewed public health preparedness for the progress of COVID-19 and national COVID-19 vaccination.
Union Minister Amit Shah, Dr. Mansukh Madanvia, Minister of State Dr. Bharti Praveen Pawar etc. were present in the meeting. The officials gave the latest information on the pandemic situation during the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said that India’s battle with the biggest pandemic in 100 years has now entered its third year. He said that hard work is our only way and victory is the only option. We, the 130 crore people of India, will surely emerge victorious from Corona with our efforts.
The Prime Minister said that the earlier skepticism about Omicron is now gradually getting cleared. The Omicron variant is infecting the general population many times faster than the earlier variants. He said, we have to be alert, be careful, but we have to take care not to panic. We have to see that in this festive season, the awareness of the people and the administration does not fall short. The way the central and state governments have adopted a pre-emptive, pro-active and collective approach, the same is the mantra of victory this time as well. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be
He said that vaccines made in India are proving their superiority all over the world. Modi said that it is a matter of pride for every Indian that today about 92 percent of the adult population of India has been given the first dose of the Kovid vaccine. He said that the coverage of the second dose of vaccine has also reached around 70 percent in the country.
He said, we have to intensify the Har Ghar Dastak campaign for 100% vaccination. He also stressed the need to combat any misinformation about vaccines or wearing masks.
The Prime Minister highlighted that within 10 days, India has also immunized about 30 million of its adolescents. The sooner the precautionary doses of COVID vaccine are given to frontline workers and senior citizens, the more our health system’s capacity will increase.
The Prime Minister stressed that while formulating any strategy, it is very important to keep in mind that there is minimum loss of livelihood of the common people, minimum impact on economic activities and the momentum of the economy is maintained. Therefore, it would be better to pay more attention to local containment.
He stressed that we should be in a position to provide maximum treatment during home isolation and for this keep improving the home isolation guidelines. PM Modi said that these guidelines should be strictly followed. He said that the use of telemedicine facilities in the treatment would go a long way.
The Prime Minister lauded the states for utilizing the Rs 23,000 crore package provided by the Center to improve the health infrastructure. Under this, more than 800 Pediatric Units, 1.5 lakh new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and HDU beds, more than 5 thousand specialized ambulances, more than 950 Liquid Medical Oxygen Storage Tank capacity have been added across the country. The Prime Minister also stressed the need to continue expanding the infrastructure. The Prime Minister said, to defeat Corona, we need to keep our preparations before any form of epidemic comes. Along with tackling the Omicron variant, we need to start preparing for any future variants now.
The Chief Ministers thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership during the successive waves of COVID-19. He especially thanked the Prime Minister for his support and guidance and the funds provided by the Central Government, which have been very helpful in promoting health care infrastructure in the states.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka informed about the rise in the number of infected in Bengaluru and the measures taken to prevent the spread of infection in the apartments. The Chief Minister of West Bengal discussed the possible increase in the number of infected in the state due to the upcoming festivals and the preparedness of the administration to deal with it.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said that the state stands with the Center in the fight against this Kovid-wave. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren spoke about the misconceptions spread in some rural and tribal areas that have caused some problems in the vaccination programme. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath informed about the various steps being taken to ensure that no one is missed in the vaccination campaign.
In addition, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi thanked the Prime Minister for the funds and infrastructure support, especially for meeting the oxygen requirements. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that measures such as a precautionary dose (booster dose) have proved to be a great confidence booster. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the State is making continuous efforts to increase the vaccination coverage.
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