Updated: July 1, 2021 4:07:58 pm
Hailing their ‘exemplary’ service in fighting Covid for the last one-and-a half years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Doctors’ Day thanked the medical fraternity on behalf of all Indians and paid tribute to those who laid down their lives while performing their duties.
“Service rendered by doctors in last one-and-a-half years is exemplary; I thank them on behalf of 130 crore Indians… Our doctors, their knowledge and experience are helping us in battling this virus,” he said while addressing the medical fraternity.
Admitting that the government has put maximum thrust on health care sector, Modi said its budget allocation has also been doubled. “We have come up with a Credit Guarantee Scheme of Rs 50,000 crores to strengthen the health infrastructure in such areas where there is a lack of health facilities,” he stated.
“Today, our doctors are making and implementing protocols for Covid-19. Earlier, we all saw how medical infrastructure was ignored. Despite all problems, India’s condition was somewhere stable than other developed countries,” he said.
Referring to violence against the health workers during the pandemic, he assured that the government is committed towards safety and security of the doctors and other medical staff.
On Doctors’ Day, the prime minister also urged doctors to undertake research, documentation on benefits of vaccines, early diagnosis and specific treatments.
Earlier in the day PM Modi had greeted the doctors’ on Twitter and said that India’s strides in the world of medicine are commendable and have contributed to making the planet healthier.
“On Doctors Day, my greetings to all doctors. India’s strides in the world of medicine are commendable and have contributed to making our planet healthier,” Modi tweeted. He also shared an audio clip from his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ broadcast last Sunday in which he talked about Doctors’ Day.
On Doctors Day, my greetings to all doctors. India’s strides in the world of medicine are commendable and have contributed to making our planet healthier.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 1, 2021
The Doctors’ Day is observed in the honour of noted doctor and former West Bengal chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, whose birth and death anniversaries fall on July 1.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also thanked the doctors for their contribution in the society. The debt of doctors who served people day and night during the coronavirus pandemic cannot be repaid, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
As many as 730 doctors have succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection during the second wave, according to data available by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in mid June.
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