Pune, Apr 8 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray on Wednesday appealed to the retired healthcare workers to help the state government in fighting the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as the cases in the state crossed 1,000.
'I am requesting retired nurses, ward boys, trained personnel and medical staff to help us. They can email us their names and contact information at Covidyoddha@gmail.com." The Chief Minister urged all citizens to use masks, while stepping out of the house for buying essentials. 'It is not necessary to buy masks from shops. You can make one at home with a clean cloth,' he said, during the state briefing.
Addressing the concerns regarding the shortage of masks, Mr Thackeray said, "There are reports of a shortage of N-95 masks, PPE kits and ventilators here. We need to understand that there is a shortage of these things across the world. Even the United States is asking us for medicines." Mr Thackeray said the state government is currently arranging 15 lakh meals per day for all migrants stranded in the state.
'We are aware of what is happening in the United States, Japan, and Singapore. But, we are also hearing that Wuhan, where this outbreak began, has eased it's lockdown. This is a positive development. This too shall pass for us. We will definitely overcome this crisis,' he added. (UNI)