Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a high-level conference with Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors/ Administrators of States/UTs to assess public health preparedness for COVID19 and progress on the National Vaccination Drive.
Union Home Ministers Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar were among those present in the meeting. Officials briefed the gathering about the latest updates on the pandemic situation.
The Prime Minister noted that India’s fight against the biggest pandemic in about a century is now in its third year. “Our only way out is through hard labour, and triumph is our only alternative. With our efforts, we, the 130 crore people of India, will undoubtedly defeat Corona,” the Prime Minister stated.
On the recent COVID19 Variant, Omicron, the PM stressed that the earlier confusion is slowly getting cleared now. “The Omicron variant is infecting the general public many times faster than the earlier variants,” the Prime Minister noted.
Prime Minister Modi said;
1. We have to be alert, be careful, but we also have to take care that there is no panic situation.
2. We have to see that in this festive season, the alertness of the people and the administration is not lowered anywhere.
3. 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.
4. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be.
*Made-in-India vaccines are proving their superiority all over the world”
PM Modi highlighted that within 10 days, India has also vaccinated about 30 million of its adolescents. The sooner the precaution dose is given to the frontline workers and senior citizens, the more the capacity of our healthcare system will increase.
Today the country has administered the first dose to about 92 percent of its adult population.
Speaking on the health infrastructureof India, the Prime Minister appreciated the states for using the 23,000 crore rupees package that was given earlier to revamp the health infrastructure. More than – 800 paediatric units all over the country; 1.5 lakh new ICU and HDU beds, 5 thousand special ambulances; 950 liquid medical oxygen storage tank capacity have been added under the package.
Taking a step forward, the Prime Minister stressed the need to keep on expanding the infrastructure, noting that “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.
What did the Chief Ministers say?
The Chief Ministers thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership in tackling India’s fight against COVID19. They further stressed the need to ramp up preparedness to tackle increasing cases, through steps like increase in beds, oxygen availability etc.
1. Karnataka CM spoke about the spread of cases in Bengaluru and measures taken to contain spread in apartments.
2. West Bengal CM informed the possible increase in cases in the State on account of upcoming festivities and the administration’s preparation to tackle it.
3. Tamil Nadu CM stated that the state stands together with the Centre in the fight against this wave.
4. Jharkhand CM discussed certain misconceptions making rounds in some rural and tribal areas which have caused some difficulties in the vaccination programme.
5. Uttar Pradesh CM spoke on steps being taken to ensure that no one is left out of the vaccination drive
6. Punjab CM thanked the Prime Minister for fund and infrastructure support, especially in meeting oxygen requirements.
7. Assam CM stated that steps like precaution dose have proved to be an immense confidence booster.
8. Manipur CM further informed that the state is taking efforts to increase the vaccination coverage.