- 18 Oct 2020
Prime Minister said, “Prepare, but don’t panic” has been our guiding mantra, we cannot underestimate the problem, but at the same time avoid knee-jerk reactions. the threat we are dealing its implication is still unknown to us and only Collaboration not Confusion can take us out of this viral hazard on the humankind.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with SAARC leaders on Sunday to counter COVID-19 in the region. Prime Minister via Video conferencing put emphasis on creating an emergency SAARC fund to fight the scare of COVID-19 in south east Asia with India making an initial offer of 10-million-dollar contribution. An idea reverberated in the meet with Prime Minister rooting for creation of online training capsules for the emergency response teams of SAARC nations and creation of a common Research Platform to coordinate research on controlling epidemic diseases.The idea is to share the resources in SAARC Disaster management centre and share the software of India’s integrated Disease Surveillance portal to rest of the SAARC countries, in all pool best practices from all countries to create a wall for the Corona Virus which in turn will insulate internal trade and local value chains from its impact in South East Asian region. Prime Minister said, “Prepare, but don’t panic” has been our guiding mantra, we cannot underestimate the problem, but at the same time avoid knee-jerk reactions. He maintained that screening was started as early as mid January and now the situation has more alarming and it needs similar tough steps to tackle it. A step wise step will avoid panic and this is what prompted us to make 60 labs throughout nation from just one testing centre for pan India testing in a short span of just two months. Prime Minister reiterated further, “we have developed protocols for each stage of managing this pandemic : for screening at entry points; contact tracing of suspected cases; quarantine and management of isolation facilities; and for discharge of cleared cases”.In addition to that nearly 1400 Indians from different countries have been evacuated along with some of citizens, of other SAARC countries in accordance with our ‘neighbourhood first policy’.Prime Minister spoke like a statesman before the SAARC leaders and recognized that the threat we are dealing its implication is still unknown to us and only Collaboration not Confusion can take us out of this viral hazard on the humankind.