Adopt 9 poor families, Modi urges citizens

Adopt 9 poor families, Modi urges citizens

New Delhi, March 25

Characterising social distancing as a strategy to battle the global Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday underscored no individual was immune while reiterating that people should avoid self-medication. He suggested the adoption of underprivileged families during the lockdown period and cautioned discriminating against those engaged in fighting the disease.

Interacting with constituents of his Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from here, PM Modi expressed regret for his inability to be among them in this hour of crisis as their representative. He, however, said the city should take a lead in showing the way in the battle against Covid. Reminding people that the norm of social distancing requiring each individual to keep at least 1 metre distance, he said it was the only way to prevent the spread of the disease and that it was in fact a strategy to fight it. India, he emphasised, would be at the forefront to emerge victorious in breaking the chain.

Responding to a question about a perception prevalent among many that the disease would not affect them due to their lifestyle, dietary habits, etc, the PM said human psyche was such that it preferred the easy way out. He asserted that so far the spread had shown the disease did not spare any individual and there was no immunity. He reminded that so far there was neither any medicine nor vaccine available for it.

Modi also urged people to refrain from self-medication, saying that studies showed that it could result in serious consequences.

Taking strong exception to reports that certain house-owners, societies were objecting to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals engaged in treating Covid patients, the PM appealed to people to be sensitive even as he warned that those indulging in such acts would face serious action. He likened the frontline warriors in white coats to “living gods” who were undertaking grave risk in this battle against the disease.

Modi said that on the first day of the Navratri (Wednesday), it would be a good if each family, which is better placed, adopted at least nine less privileged families and took care of their basic needs during the period of lockdown.

Modi: Don’t be unfair to medical professionals

Taking strong exception to reports that certain house-owners were objecting to medical professionals engaged in treating Covid patients, the PM warned that such acts would invite serious action. He also said the Mahabharata war was won in 18 days and the government’s effort was to win the Covid war in 21 days.

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