The surge of Covid-19 cases in India has flagged concerns across the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday commented about the same and asserted that vaccination is the biggest weapon in the fight against coronavirus. Furthermore, he also urged the doctors to encourage more and more patients to get vaccinated.
Earlier today, PM Modi interacted with doctors across the country through video conferencing on the Covid-19 issue and vaccination progress. During his address, he appreciated the doctors, medical and para-medical staff for their invaluable service towards the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
For the last few days, the shortage of medical supplies in several states have sparked tensions – leading the Chief Ministers to request the centre to increase the allotment of beds and supply of oxygen in view of surging Covid-19 cases.
Today, PM Modi reportedly assured that the central government has taken many important decisions related to the supply of essential medicines, injections and sufficient availability of oxygen. State Governments have been given necessary guidelines about these.
Similarly, the Prime Minister has also urged the doctors to educate people against several rumours on Covid treatment and prevention.
“It is very important that people do not become a victim of panic. For this along with proper treatment, emphasis must also be on counselling of patients admitted in hospitals,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
He also encouraged doctors to use tele-medicine for the treatment of other diseases, in case there is no emergency.
In his interaction, the PM has noted that this time the pandemic is spreading rapidly in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities as well.
He urged doctors to connect with their colleagues working in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and give them online consultations to ensure that all protocols are followed correctly.
The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal followed by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, sought aid over the shortage in oxygen and the hugely essential drug Remdesivir administered to patients.
The Delhi and West Bengal governments are desperately trying to scale up the number of available hospital beds, Remdesivir, vaccines and oxygen supply.
Meanwhile, the doctors during their interaction with Prime Minister Modi shared their experiences in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and congratulated him on his leadership in dealing with the pandemic. They also spoke about augmenting healthcare infrastructure and reiterated the importance of people wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing, stressing about maintaining health infrastructure for non-Covid patients.
The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, DG ICMR Dr Balram Bhargava, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government, reported news agency ANI.
On the other hand, the Covid-19 situation in the country is deteriorating as India once again reported the highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases with over 2.73 lakh fresh infections and 1,619 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The ANI report also detailed the ‘number of Covid-19 cases’ provided by Health Ministry. In India, there are currently 19,29,329 active cases as of Monday and the death toll reached 1,78,769.
In the last 24 hours, as many as 1,44,178 people recovered from the virus.