you are here: HomeNewsIndia

PM Modi holds COVID-19 crisis meet with states' officials, stresses on need to protect villages from second wave

PM Narendra Modi urged state and district officials to keep adjusting techniques deployed to fight the second wave of COVID-19 based on inputs they receive from their colleagues in other areas of the country.

May 18, 2021 / 01:38 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 18 emphasised on the need to protect India’s villages against the second wave of COVID-19.

The prime minister was interacting with field officials from states and districts about their experience in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Modi also urged state and district officials to innovate and find new methods to counter the pandemic. “The success of your district can prove to be an example for other districts. We need to adopt best practices,” PM Modi said.

Officials must keep adjusting techniques deployed to fight the second wave of COVID-19 based on inputs they receive from their colleagues in other districts, PM Modi said.

“You all are playing a very important role in the battle against coronavirus. In a way, you all (state and district officials) are like field commanders fighting a war. Aggressive testing, local containment and delivering accurate information and assistance to people are our main weapons in this fight,” PM Modi said.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

View more
How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

View more

'Currently, there is a dip in the number of COVID-19 cases in some states while an increase in others. As the cases are decreasing, we need to be more alert. I have been requesting in the meetings which were held in last one year that our fight is to save every single life," PM Modi added.

PM Modi also asked administrative officers to tackle misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and ramp up the inoculation drive.

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: All you need to know about manufacturing and pricing

Officials from Karnataka, Bihar, Assam, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi participated in the virtual meeting.

During the interaction, officials shared best practices for continuing the ongoing nationwide battle against COVID-19, especially in semi-urban and rural areas.

Besides officials, BS Yediyurappa and Shivraj Singh Chouhan were among the chief ministers who were present in the virtual meeting. Union Home Ministry Amit Shah also participated in the meeting.

Follow our LIVE blog for the latest updates of the coronavirus pandemic

India is witnessing a COVID-19 second wave which has battered a creaking healthcare system hard as scores of people struggle to secure hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and medicines. While the daily new infections have dropped in recent days, the number of cases being reported in a single day remains over the 2 lakh-mark. On May 18, India reported over 4,000 deaths in the previous 24 hours. The overall death toll in India has surged to 2.78 lakh.

While 2.15 crore patients have recuperated, more than 33.53 lakh cases remain ‘active’.

PM Modi’s interaction with the state and district officials came amid growing concerns that infections are spreading rapidly in India’s rural area.

Many state governments have extended lockdown-like restrictions and taken additional steps to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus further, especially in villages.

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh, for example, has already launched a ‘Kill Corona-Part 3’ campaign specifically in rural areas of the state to break the chain of transmission in villages by sending teams door-to-door to screen and test people and distribute medicines.

In Congress-ruled Rajasthan, the state government has decided to temporarily hire over 25,000 nurses and 1,000 medical officials for help in Community Health Centers (CHC) in villages and ensure set up of at least 10 ICUs and high-flow Oxygen beds in each CHC along with 10 oxygen concentrators.

Uttar Pradesh has undertaken a major testing drive in villages, along with 72,000 surveillance teams comprising four lakh health workers and surveillance committee members moving door-to-door in about 97,000 villages to examine persons with symptoms and give them medical kits and medicines.

Follow Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here
Moneycontrol News
first published: May 18, 2021 01:38 pm

stay updated

Get Daily News on your Browser