Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lauded doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi for their efforts in fighting Covid. He also gave a new slogan "Jahan bimar, wahin upchar (treatment of the ailing at their doorstep)" during his video conference with the healthcare professionals and choked with emotion while thanking doctors, frontline workers. Modi won Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi in 2014 and and retained the seat in 2019.
"A lot of work has been done, but there is also a need to concentrate on the rural areas of 'Purvanchal' (eastern region of Uttar Pradesh)," he stressed.
The effect of the pandemic has been so vast that despite all efforts, numerous lives were lost, the PM said in a voice choked with emotion. "This virus has snatched many of loved ones from us. I pay my humble tribute to them and I express my condolences to the families who lost people," he said.
"You have contained the virus significantly but there should be no complacency as it is going to be a long fight," he told the doctors and frontline workers. The Prime Minister also took stock of the functioning of various COVID hospitals in the holy city, including the Pandit Rajan Mishra COVID Hospital which was recently started through joint efforts of the DRDO and the Indian Army.
He also discussed ongoing efforts for tackling the second wave in Varanasi and preparations for the future.
Earlier in April, PM Modi had chaired a similar meeting to review the Covid situation in Varanasi and stressed the need for vaccination of everyone. He asked the local administration to help people with full sensitivity and asserted that the cooperation of society as well as the government is necessary to curb the pandemic.
As the member of Parliament from Varanasi, PM Modi has been taking regular feedback from people.
The administration has set up the Kashi COVID Response Centre and taken several measures including a control room for contact tracing, a command and control centre for home isolation and a dedicated phone line for ambulance service. Also, telemedicine is being made available through a control room to deal with the rising cases.