The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, said on Monday that COVID-19 is the biggest crisis since two World Wars. Inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, he lauded the efforts of India's healthcare workers and medical professionals and said that the community is like 'soldiers' without uniform.
'The virus may be an invisible enemy. But our warriors, medical workers are invincible. In the battle of Invisible vs Invincible, our medical workers are sure to win,' he said in a speech via video conferencing.
'Had it not been for a global pandemic, I would've loved to be with you all in Bengaluru to mark this day. At such a time, the world is looking up to our doctors, nurses, medical staff and scientific community with hope and gratitude. The world seeks both ‘care’ and ‘cure’ from you,' Mr. Modi said.
He said that Ayushman Bharat- the world’s largest healthcare scheme belongs to India and added that in less than two years, one crore people have benefitted from this scheme. 'Women and those staying in villages are among the major beneficiaries.'
He warned that attacks on India's healthcare staffers, who have been at the forefront of fighting the country's COVID-19 battle, will not be tolerated. 'I want to state it clearly- violence, abuse and rude behaviour against front-line workers is not acceptable.'