India's COVID-19 fight people-driven, says Narendra Modi during virtual meet with Indian-origin doctors in US

In an address during the virtual meeting of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) on Saturday, Narendra Modi said that the COVID-19 had been used as an opportunity to work towards making the country self-reliant.

Press Trust of India June 28, 2020 10:47:08 IST
India's COVID-19 fight people-driven, says Narendra Modi during virtual meet with Indian-origin doctors in US

Washington: India's fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic is driven by its people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, attributing the success against the contagion to the implementation of the nationwide lockdown in its initial phase.

In an address during the virtual meeting of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) on Saturday, Modi said that the COVID-19 had been used as an opportunity to work towards making the country self-reliant.

This is for the first time that an Indian prime minister addressed the annual meeting of the AAPI, a representative body of more than 80,000 Indian-American doctors in the US. Sharing the statistics of various countries, Modi said India has performed much better in the fight against the coronavirus.

"As against the death rate of 350 individuals per million in the US and over 600 per million in European nations like the UK, Italy and Spain, the rate of fatalities in India is less than 12," he said.

"Uttar Pradesh has been remarkably successful in fighting against the coronavirus," Modi said. "And same is the case with several other states as well."

Indias COVID19 fight peopledriven says Narendra Modi during virtual meet with Indianorigin doctors in US

File Image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ANI

The prime minister attributed this to the support of the people of the country. "Rural parts of the country have largely remained untouched from this pandemic," he said.

Without people's cooperation, Modi said, the success would not have been possible in the world's second-highest populated country -- with high density, where social gathering is a norm of life, large religious and political gatherings and large-scale interstate migration are regular.

India defied the fears of the world's topmost experts in this regard, according to Modi.

India has been able to save the lives of thousands and lakhs of its citizens because of the timely lockdown, he told the Indian-American physicians.

Modi said the COVID-19 pandemic has been used as an opportunity to improve the healthcare facilities. "For instance, at the start of the coronavirus, there was only one COVID-19 testing lab. Now there are 1,000, he said.

The prime minister underlined that India, which imported most of its Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE) kits at the start of the pandemic, was now almost self-reliant and in a position to export them.

The country is making more than 30 lakh N95 masks per week. More than 50,000 new ventilators are being made available to the healthcare sector, all made inside the country, he added.

Modi said he was proud of the achievements and contribution of the Indian-origin physicians across the world in the battle against the COVID-19.

India's ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu echoed the prime minister and said the early lockdown has helped delay the spread of the deadly virus and save lives.

Appreciating the role of the Indian-American doctors during the COVID-19, Sandhu said: "You are the real heroes who have risked your lives and have been out to assist others." There is widespread recognition of their contributions in the US, he added.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Testing a COVID-19 patient's blood could let doctors know the severity of their infection
science

Testing a COVID-19 patient's blood could let doctors know the severity of their infection

The researchers found that the levels of a particular cytokine in the blood upon diagnosis could be used to predict later outcomes.

Public mobility in COVID-19 'unlock': Indians return to workplaces with gusto, slow to resume retail and recreation, data shows
India

Public mobility in COVID-19 'unlock': Indians return to workplaces with gusto, slow to resume retail and recreation, data shows

Even though workplace activity has seen significant increases since the first COVID-19 lockdown, economic activity can only recover if people are going out and buying products

Narendra Modi launches Rs 50,000 crore 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan' to create jobs for migrant workers affected by COVID-19 lockdown
India

Narendra Modi launches Rs 50,000 crore 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan' to create jobs for migrant workers affected by COVID-19 lockdown

The scheme was launched weeks after lakhs of migrant workers returned to their home states following loss of employment in urban centres due to the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19.