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North-East is important for ‘Vaccination for All-Free for All’ Campaign: PM

North-East is important for ‘Vaccination for All-Free for All’ Campaign: PM

Kohima, July 13 (NEx): The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states to discuss control measures on COVID-19 situation on July 13th, 2021. The Prime Minister lauded the people, health workers and the governments of Northeast for their hard work in the fight against the pandemic and creating infrastructure for testing, treatment and vaccination despite the difficult terrain of the states.

Informing about the meeting on Twitter, the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for his personal concern for the NE states in the fight against the pandemic.

‘Had a VC with the Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi along with my Cabinet colleagues. We discussed the situation and measures to control #COVID19 pandemic. Grateful to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his personal concern for the NE states in our fight against the pandemic’, Rio tweeted.

The Prime Minister said that in the ‘vaccine for all-free for all’ campaign of the central government, Northeast has the same importance and emphasized on the need to keep accelerating the vaccination process. To deal with the myths pertaining to vaccination and mobilising people, the Prime Minister asked to enlist the help of social, educational institutes, celebrities and also the organizations of religious faith. He asked to accelerate the vaccination drive in the areas where spread of the virus is expected.

Noting the fast mutating nature of the virus, the Modi advised strict monitoring of the mutation and keep track of all variants. He informed experts are studying the mutations and their impact. In such scenario, prevention and treatment are critical, he said emphasizing COVID appropriate behaviour. Modi emphasized that utility of physical distancing, mask, vaccine is clear, similarly, testing tracking and treatment is a proven strategy.

Acknowledging the impact of pandemic on tourism and business, the Prime Minister strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions. Rejecting the argument that people want to enjoy before the arrival of the third wave, he said that this need to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own, and that the main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases and he strongly advocated preventing avoidable crowding.

Referring to the recent Cabinet approval of Rs 23,000 crore package for improving the infrastructure for testing and treatment, the Prime Minister said that the package will help in strengthening the health infrastructure of Northeast. It will expedite testing, diagnostics, genome sequencing in Northeast, he said, stressing on the need for quickly increasing the number of beds, oxygen facilities and paediatric care infrastructure in Northeast. The Prime Minister informed that hundreds of oxygen plants are being established in the country through PM-CARES and Northeast also got about 150 plants. The Prime Minister requested the Chief Ministers to complete the process of establishing these plants quickly.

Prime Minister Modi also underlined the need to establish temporary hospital due to the geographical situation of the Northeast and asked to prepare trained manpower as oxygen plants, ICU wards, new machines that are reaching two block level hospitals will need this manpower. He assured all help from the central government.

The Chief Ministers briefed about the progress of vaccination in their states and steps that are being taken to take vaccines to far flung areas. They also discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and measures being taken to overcome it and gave an account of improvement in medical infrastructure to better tackle Covid cases and the support lent through the PM CARES Fund. They also assured to take timely action and bring down the positivity rate as well as the number of cases in their States.

The interaction was attended by the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam. The Chief Ministers thanked the Prime Minister for timely action in handling the Covid pandemic and appreciated his special care and concern for the North-East States. Apart from the Chief Ministers, Union Ministers for Home, Defence, Health, DONER and other Ministers were present during the interaction.

(With inputs from PIB)