NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday stated that the skilled manpower associated with healthcare sector has a direct impact on the efficiency of the healthcare services and this was realised more during the COVID pandemic.
He also informed that India has administered over 88 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. “Impact of skilled manpower associated with the health sector is seen in health services. Its importance was felt more during the pandemic. As a result of which, the Centre started and is continuing a free vaccination program. Today, India administered over 88 crores of vaccine,” the Prime Minister said while laying the foundation stone of medical colleges in Banswara, Sirohi, Hanumangarh and Dausa districts of Rajasthan.
PM Modi also informed that the recently launched Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission would help in extending healthcare services in every corner of the country.
“Access to good hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies will be just a click away. This will help in keeping patients’ medical documents safely,” he said.
The Prime Minister also virtually dedicated to the nation the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET) in Rajasthan’s Jaipur.
PM Modi described the petrochemical industry as one of the most rapidly developing industries and said, “A lot of skilled manpower is needed for the industry.”
“Rajasthan’s new institute of petrochemicals will bring new opportunities in this field for hundreds of youngsters every year,” he said, adding that the use of petrochemicals is increasing in all aspects of our lives.
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla were also present on the occasion. (ANI)
Details of COVID-19 infections in India
India has reported its lowest daily numbers of COVID-19 infections deaths in more than six months.
The death toll of 179 COVID deaths, reported on Tuesday, is the lowest daily figure since the middle of March and takes the total to 447,373.
Infections rose by 18,795, the smallest daily figure since early March, bringing the total to about 33.7 million, health ministry data showed.
“India reports daily new cases less than 20,000 after 201 days. Active cases account for less than 1 percent of total cases, currently at 0.87 percent, lowest since March 2020,” read a Ministry of Health statement.
From a staggering peak of more than 400,000 cases and 4,500 deaths per day, India’s pandemic situation has gradually improved over the past few months, despite the modest pace of vaccinations in the country of some 1.4 billion people.
Numbers have steadily dropped in most parts of India, except the southern state of Kerala, which has gone from being a COVID-19 success story to one of the country’s worst-hit regions.
More than 20 states and union territories have been reporting fewer than 100 new cases a day, while 10 have been reporting fewer than 10 cases a day, the Indian Express newspaper reported.
The latest figures show that more than 870.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in India, but the country’s health minister recently said just about 23 percent of the adult population has been fully vaccinated, while some 66 percent has been given at least one dose.