VARANASI: Choking with emotion while paying respect to people who died of Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gave the mantra of ‘Jahaan Beemar, Wahin Upchaar’ (treatment at one’s doorstep) to reduce burden on the healthcare system.
The PM also thanked doctors and frontline workers for putting up a brave front against the pandemic and said they were fighting a long drawn battle with the virus.
Interacting with doctors, paramedical staff and other frontline workers of his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, through video conferencing, the PM said, “Bringing treatment to the patients’ doorsteps will reduce the burden on medical infrastructure which is already under great pressure. We have to fight on many fronts. With concerted efforts, we have handled the pandemic to a great extent but still we have to fight a long drawn battle. We should focus on rural areas of Varanasi and Purvanchal (east UP),” he said.
Lauding the efforts of the Yogi Adityanath government and the Varanasi district administration in tackling the pandemic and starting preparations for the imminent third wave, he said more ‘micro-containment zones’ should be created and medicines be delivered to patients at their homes.
Fighting back tears while remembering those who fell prey to the second wave of pandemic, the PM said: “My heartfelt tribute to people who lost their lives due to Covid-19. I extend my condolence to the bereaved families.”
Commending the efforts of doctors, nurses, technicians, ward boys, ambulance drivers and other frontline health workers of Varanasi, PM Modi praised the pace at which the number of oxygen and ICU beds were increased and Pt Rajan Mishra Covid Hospital was activated by DRDO.
Expressing happiness over the functioning of Integrated Covid Command Centre (ICCC), he said Varanasi’s example would inspire the world. “Initiatives like creation of micro-containment zones and home delivery of medicines yielded positive results. The telemedicine facility, ‘Kashi Kavach’, started by bringing doctors, labs and e-marketing companies together was also an innovative step,” he added.
The PM warned against complacency and urged frontline warriors to take maximum advantage of the potential and experience of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurses & Midwives (ANM) in Covid management in rural areas.
Terming the vaccine as ‘safety armour’ against Covid-19, the PM said the frontline workers could serve people properly as they had already been vaccinated.
“In the coming days, we will extend vaccine protection to everyone. I urge people to get vaccinated as soon as their turn comes,” he said, adding that efforts should be made to stop vaccine wastage.
The PM praised the efforts of the state government in controlling encephalitis in children in Purvanchal region and urged the officials and doctors to work with the same sensitivity and diligence to check coronavirus.
Cautioning people against lowering the guard against Covid-19, he said, “The arrangements made to deal with the second wave of the pandemic will continue. Doctors in Varanasi should share their experiences with the members of their fraternity in other districts and states.”
Referring to the presentation made by UP chief secretary RK Tiwari on the preparations for the anticipated third wave of pandemic, PM Modi said: “A detailed arrangement has been developed to meet the challenges on paediatric front in case Covid-19 starts affecting the children. It’s good to see that the UP government is proactively working in this direction.”
He also mentioned how campaigns like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Scheme and Jan Dhan accounts started in the last few years, helped in the fight against coronavirus.
“Initiatives like Fit India campaign and awareness on Yoga and AYUSH have increased the people’s strength in the fight against the virus,” he added.
The PM also asked the public representatives of Varanasi to remain connected with the people with full sensitivity even if they were attracting criticism.
During the interaction, doctors and officials expressed gratitude to the PM for his proactive leadership that helped in ramping up health infrastructure.
PM Modi emphasised on the importance of continuous training of manpower involved in Covid management and asked the officials and doctors to conduct sessions and webinars for paramedical staff and doctors serving in rural areas.