Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan said that India will win the fight against the highly contagious novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Vardhan held an interactive session through video conferencing on April 15th, 2020 with senior officials and field officers of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as key central and state government health functionaries on the measures being taken for containment of COVID-19 in India.
Exhorting the WHO officials, Vardhan said “We are meeting in troubled times and we have to work together to eradicate this virus as we eradicated polio and smallpox earlier. “We can and we will defeat this virus”, he said.
The meeting today deliberated on further strengthening the partnership and the measures that can be taken at the field level to further ramp up the response.
“WHO is an important partner in our fight against the COVID-19. I really value guidance and contributions made by the WHO in containing the spread of COVID-19 across the country,” he added.
The Union Health Minister also motivated the doctors and reminded them of their potential and ability because of which India managed to come out victorious from the scourge of polio.
“I still remember the doctors, be it in the government or WHO, were passionate about the cause of eradication of polio and contributed a lot for the purpose. Without their sincere contribution it would have taken more time to eradicate polio from South East Asia including India,” he said.
Vardhan also mentioned that India was first to respond to COVID-19. “We stand on a better footing then the rest of the world because of the valuable and sincere services of our Corona warriors. We know the enemy and its whereabouts. We are able to check this enemy through community surveillance, issuance of various advisories, cluster containment and dynamic strategy,” he said.
Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said, “Despite huge and multiple challenges, India has been demonstrating unwavering commitment in its fight against the pandemic.”
WHO Representative to India, Dr Henk Bekedam said, “Our field personnel have been redirected to support the fight against COVID-19. The same team worked tirelessly along with the government and other partner organizations to help India become polio-free. I am confident that the WHO team can once again join hands with the government to help win this fight against COVID-19.”
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