Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told the Chief Ministers of states that “irrespective of the variant of COVID-19, the proven way to tackle the pandemic is vaccination of the people.”
“We have to intensify the Har Ghar Dastak campaign for 100% vaccination,” he said at the chief ministers meeting held to discuss the preparedness to tackle COVID-19 and the progress made to in national vaccination campaign.
PM Modi stressed the need to counter any misinformation about vaccines or the practice of wearing masks.
“It is a matter of pride for every Indian that today India has given the first dose to about 92 percent of the adult population. The coverage of the second dose has also reached around 70 percent in the country,” he informed.
The Prime Minister also highlighted that within 10 days, India has also vaccinated about 3 crore of its teenagers. The sooner the precaution dose is given to the frontline workers and senior citizens, the more the capacity of our healthcare system will increase.
The Prime Minister said the earlier confusion about Omicron is slowly getting cleared now. The Omicron variant is infecting the general public many times faster than the earlier variants. “We have to be alert, be careful, but we also have to take care that there is no panic situation,” he explained.
“We have to see that in this festive season, the alertness of the people and the administration is not lowered anywhere. The way the central and state governments had adopted a pre-emptive, proactive 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 added.
The Prime Minister noted that India's battle with the biggest pandemic of 100 years has now entered its third year. “Hard work is our only path and victory is our only option. We, 130 crore people of India, will surely emerge victorious against Corona with our efforts”, he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that while making any strategy, it is very important to keep in mind that there should be minimum damage to the livelihood of the common people, economic activities, and momentum of the economy should be maintained.
He urged them to focus more on local containment. He stressed that we should be in the position to provide maximum treatment in home isolation situations and for that home isolation guidelines should keep on improving and they should be strictly followed. He said that use of tele-medicine facilities in treating will help a great deal.
Regarding health infrastructure, the Prime Minister lauded the states for utilising the Rs 23,000 crore package that was given earlier to revamp the health infrastructure. Under this more than 800 paediatric units all over the country, 1.5 lakh new ICU and HDU beds, more than 5 thousand special ambulances, more than 950 liquid medical oxygen storage tank capacity have been added.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to keep on expanding the infrastructure. “In order to defeat Corona we need to keep our readiness ahead of every variant. Along with tackling Omicron, we need to start preparing for any future variant from now itself”, the Prime Minister said.