Hinting at opening up of more economic activities and further normalisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the States and Union Territories to plan the second phase of Nationwide Unlock. Debunking all rumours related to re-imposition of Nationwide Lockdown, he said, the nation needs to focus on phase 2 of Unlock and ways to minimize possibilities of any harm to the people.
Prime Minister Modi while interacting with the State and Union Territories Chief Ministers on the second day of his virtual meeting yesterday, discussed the roadmap to further embolden nation’s fight against Coronavirus. He reiterated that the timely decisions by the government helped contain the global pandemic of COVID-19 in the country to a large extent.
Modi highlighted the increase in domestic manufacturing capabilities of PPEs, masks, availability of diagnostic kits in adequate quantity, supply of ventilators made in India using PM CARES fund, availability of testing labs, lakhs of COVID special beds, thousands of isolation and quarantine centres, and adequate human resource through training. He stressed on the need to give constant emphasis on health infrastructure, information systems, emotional support and public participation.
frontline COVID Warriors
The Prime Minister emphatically underlined the fact that the recovery rate in the country has been considerably high due to the early preparedness ensured by the government. In the same light, he emphasised on the need to weed out stigma attached with the COVID infection as more and more number of people are getting cured in the country. He sought participation of people and frontline COVID Warriors in eradicating such notions which stigmatise the infection and COVID patients. Mr. Modi credited the high discipline observed by the common citizens in the country for achieving better containment results.
The Prime Minister also stressed on the importance of testing and tracing and urged States to work towards development of enhanced testing centres. Highlighting the encouraging results of Aarogya Setu Mobile App, he asked States and UTs to devise further measures to utilise technology based solutions to widen the scale of contact tracing in the country.
The Prime Minister talked about being vigilant against health related problems that come with the Monsoon.
Modi exhorted States and UTs to work upon developing infrastructure to extend the facility of telemedicine to make health solutions accessible to larger numbers of people. He also called upon a greater concerted effort of all organisations including NGOs and private players to help India return on the track of normalisation.
The interaction was the second part of the two day interaction, and witnessed participation of States and UTs including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Odisha.