NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has said that the world is facing the biggest crisis in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic after both the world wars, on Monday, 1 June. He was present at the silver jubilee celebration of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka where he praised the healthcare workers of the nation along with the medical officials and mentioned that the community is like 'soldiers without uniforms'.
He participated in the celebration via video conferencing where he was seen saying that the virus is like an invisible enemy. However, he believes that the warriors of the nation i.e. the medical workers are invincible. Within this battle between the invincible Vs the invisible, the medical sector will lead us to victory.
Apart from this, Modi also expressed disappointment for not being physically present at the ceremony due to the cautionary lockdown. He said, "Had it not been for a global pandemic, I would've loved to be with you all in Bengaluru to mark this day. At such a time, the world is looking up to our doctors, nurses, medical staff and scientific community with hope and gratitude. The world seeks both ‘care’ and ‘cure’ from you."
In his address, PM Modi also talked about 'Ayushman Bharat', the largest healthcare scheme of the world which belongs to India. He revealed that within 2 years, as much as 1 crore individuals have benefitted from the aforementioned scheme. He said, "Women and those staying in villages are among the major beneficiaries of this scheme."
The Prime Minister also shed light towards the progress which has been made by the medical and healthcare sector. He mentioned, "Rapid progress has been seen' in setting up 22 more AIIMS. Over 30,000 seats have been added in MBBS and 15,000 seats have been increased in post-graduation programs during the past five years."
He also cautioned people regarding mistreatment of the frontline workers, "I want to state it clearly- violence, abuse and rude behaviour against front-line workers is not acceptable."