New Delhi, May 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates via video conference on the global response to COVID-19, and the importance of global coordination on scientific innovation and R and D to combat the pandemic, the Prime Minister's office said. During his interaction with Bill Gates, the Prime Minister underlined the conscious approach that India has adopted in its fight against the health crisis - an approach based on ensuring public engagement through appropriate messaging.
He explained how this people-centric bottom-up approach has helped win acceptability for physical distancing, respect for front-line workers, wearing of masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and respecting lockdown provisions. The Prime Minister also highlighted how some of the previous developmental initiatives taken by Government - expanding financial inclusion, strengthening last mile delivery of health services, popularising cleanliness and hygiene through the Swachh Bharat Mission, drawing upon India's Ayurvedic wisdom to enhance people's immunity, etc - had helped increase the effectiveness of the country's response to the present pandemic. (UNI)