NEW DELHI: PM Modi Friday amplified concerns over the need to be prepared to combat new challenges posed by the rapidly mutating coronavirus amid reports that a third wave could not be ruled out.
“Covid-19 is still there and there’s a strong possibility of the virus mutating. Therefore, India’s preparations have to be ramped up in order to combat new challenges. We are working towards preparing 1 lakh frontline workers,” the PM said while underlining the lessons learnt from the two waves. He was speaking at the launch of a crash course for frontline workers where he reiterated the Centre’s commitment to vaccinate all citizens.
Speaking on the key role of skilled healthcare workers like Asha, Anganwadi and ANM in fighting the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they were crucial to preventing the spread of infection in villages in remote areas and a strong pillar of the health sector.
He said the crash course for Covid-19 frontline workers would be completed in two to three months and it would be immediately available and act as a “trained sahayak” to assist in the present arrangements and reduce the burden on medical staff. “The crash course has been designed by the country’s top experts upon the requirement of states,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi said while the pandemic tested the strength of the country, it also created awareness on expanding capabilities. He cited the increased capacity for PPE kits, testing and other medical infrastructure related to Covid care and treatment.
He said far-flung hospitals were being provided with ventilators and oxygen concentrators. More than 1,500 oxygen plants were being established on a war footing, the Prime Minister further said.