scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

PM Modi: People in whites in hospitals our Gods now, should be respected

PM Narendra Modi LIVE Video Conference with Varanasi Citizens LIVE Updates: "Mahabharata war was won in 18 days. This war the whole country is fighting against coronavirus will take 21 days. Our aim is to win this war in 21 days," Prime Minister Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 25, 2020 7:23:49 pm
PM Modi LIVE Video Conference with Varanasi Citizens LIVE Updates: On Tuesday, PM Modi announced an unprecedented 21-day lockdown across the country to break the coronavirus transmission chain

PM Modi LIVE Video Conference with Varanasi Citizens LIVE Updates: Amid reports regarding misbehaviour with staff of essential services and healthcare employees and airline crew being ostracised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while interacting with citizens of Varanasi through video conferencing, said “people in whites in hospitals and clinics are our Gods now” and should be respected.

PM Modi said he had asked Home Ministry & DGPs to take strict action against those not supporting cooperating with doctors. “People in whites in hospitals and clinics are our Gods now; they should be respected. They are saving us by risking their own lives,” PM Modi said.

“I appeal to all the citizens, if you notice any incident where professionals, such as doctors and nurses, are ill-treated then you should take an initiative to make such people (those who are ill-treating healthcare professionals) understand that they are wrong,” the Prime Minister further said.

Last week, Air India called out “vigilante” Resident Welfare Associations for “ostracising” its crew members who had travelled to international destinations, including coronavirus-hit countries, and appealed to law enforcement agencies to ensure that they are treated with respect.

Last week, Air India called out “vigilante” Resident Welfare Associations for “ostracising” its crew members who had travelled to international destinations, including coronavirus-hit countries, and appealed to law enforcement agencies to ensure that they are treated with respect.

A day after announcing an unprecedented lockdown across the country to break the coronavirus transmission chain, PM Modi said the country would try and win the battle with COVID-19 within 21 days.

“Mahabharata war was won in 18 days. This war the whole country is fighting against coronavirus will take 21 days. Our aim is to win this war in 21 days,” Prime Minister Modi said even as the number of infections spiked 562 on Wednesday and the death toll touched 11.

PM Modi also asserted that social distancing and staying indoors was the best option to deal with coronavirus. The PM also said the disease, which has killed more than 17,000 people worldwide, doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor.

“At times, people don’t pay attention to things which are important. The same is happening in India. I request people to understand facts and not believe in rumours. COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor; it’ll not spare anyone just because they perform yoga or exercise daily,” PM Modi said.

Sanitation work in full swing in Lucknow a day after PM Modi announced complete lockdown in the nation due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

PM Modi also said in such times of crisis, the people of Kashi could lead the way and teach the country patience, compassion and peace.

“As the MP of Varanasi, I should have been among you in times like these. But you know the things that are going on in Delhi. Despite being busy here, I’ve been taking regular updates about Varanasi from my colleagues,” PM Modi said.

Lockdown: Streets empty, village councils restricting entry of people in Nagaland An empty road as the 21-day lockdown came into force today. PM Narendra Modi had earlier announced a ‘Janata curfew’ and urged people to maintain social distancing. (Express photo)

PM Modi also appealed to the public to take a pledge in taking care of nine families for 21 days, saying it would then be a ‘Navratri’ in the true sense.

“We are facing challenges globally, difficulties will arise; we have to come out victorious. We can fight coronavirus by also showing compassion towards the poor,” the PM said.

PM Modi also urged people to steer clear of all kinds of superstitions and rumours and avoid self-medication. “You might have seen in news that how lives have been threatened in some countries of the world after people took medicines on their own. Speak to your doctor before taking any medicine; there’s no medicine or vaccine for it as of now,” PM Modi said.

Highlighting that around one lakh people infected with coronavirus were recovering, PM Modi said the government
had tied up with WhatsApp to create a helpdesk to give credible information on the pandemic. “The number is 9013151515,” the Prime Minister said.

Residents have initiated an awareness drive in Powai in Maharashtra against coronavirus. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Earlier in the day, social distancing was evident in the Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, where strategies to deal with the pandemic was discussed with ministers.

On Tuesday, in his second address to the nation on the pandemic, PM Modi had said the lockdown “is like a curfew” and while “21 days of lockdown is a long time”, “it is equally essential for your safety and that of your family…jaan hai toh jahaan hai”.

Senior ministers were present at the meeting during which PM Modi is expected to chalk out strategies to deal with the pandemic. (Twitter/PMO)

Modi urged citizens to adhere to his call, saying it is applicable to everyone — from the Prime Minister to a citizen in a village.

“The next 21 days are of critical importance for us. As per health experts, a period of at least 21 days is extremely critical to break the infection chain of coronavirus. If the situation is not handled in these 21 days, the country and your family could go back 21 years. If the situation is not handled in these 21 days, several families will get devastated forever. Hence, you must forget what going out means for the next 21 days. Stay inside your home, stay inside your home, and do just one thing — stay inside your home,” he said.

“This decision… has drawn a Lakshman Rekha at your doorsteps. You must remember that a single step outside your home can bring a dangerous pandemic like corona inside.” he said.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Coronavirus Outbreak News, download Indian Express App.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
X
x