India’s fight against the new coronavirus pandemic is led by its people, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attributing the “success” of the pandemic to the implementation of the national lock in its initial phase.
In a speech at the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) virtual meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister Modi said that COVID-19 had been used as an opportunity to work to make the country self-reliant.
It is the first time that an Indian Prime Minister addresses the annual meeting of the AAPI, a body representing more than 80,000 Indo-American doctors in the United States.
Sharing statistics from various countries, Prime Minister Modi said that India has achieved much better results in the fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Compared to the death rate of 350 people per million in the United States and more than 600 per million in European countries like the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, the death rate in India is less than 12 “, he said.
“Uttar Pradesh has done remarkably well in fighting the coronavirus,” said Prime Minister Modi. “And the same goes for several other states.”
The Prime Minister attributed this to the support of the people of the country. “Rural areas of the country have remained largely untouched by this pandemic,” he said.
Without people’s cooperation, Prime Minister Modi said, success would not have been possible in the second most populous country in the world – with high density, where social gathering is a standard of life, large religious gatherings and policies are regular and on the scale of interstate migration, India has defied the fears of the world‘s leading experts in this regard, according to PM Modi.
India has been able to save the lives of thousands and thousands of thousands of thousands of citizens through timely foreclosure, he told Indo-American doctors.
Prime Minister Modi said the COVID-19 pandemic had been used as an opportunity to improve health facilities. “For example, at the start of the coronavirus, there was only one COVID-19 test laboratory. There are now 1,000, he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that India, which imported most of its personnel protection equipment (PPE) kits at the start of the pandemic, was now almost self-sufficient and able to export them.
The country manufactures more than 30 N95 lakh masks per week. More than 50,000 new ventilators are being made available to the health sector, all made in the interior of the country, he added.
PM Modi said he was proud of the achievements and contribution of Indian physicians around the world in the battle against COVID-19.
Indian Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, echoed the Prime Minister and said the early foreclosure has helped delay the spread of the deadly virus and saved lives.
Appreciating the role of Indo-American doctors at COVID-19, Sandhu said, “You are the real heroes who risked your life and went out to help others.”
There is widespread recognition of their contributions to the United States, he added.