Modi urges pharma industry to conduct more and more research on future threats of Covid
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry to conduct more and more research on threats that can occur in the future along with Covid. Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, Modi assured that the government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes. Earlier Modi convened a meeting with top doctors and urged them to encourage more and more patients to get the jab.
Noting the second wave of the virus and the rising number of cases, Prime Minister commended the pharma industry for its efforts to increase the production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. He also extended the government’s support for facilities like logistics and transportation.
The Central government has recently taken many important decisions related to the supply of essential medicines, injections and sufficient availability of oxygen, he said, adding that states have been given necessary guidelines about these.
In a virtual interaction with the country’s leading doctors on the pandemic situation and vaccination progress, he also noted that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in tier-2 and tier-3 cities this time, and asked them to connect with their colleagues working there and give them online consultations to ensure that all protocols are followed correctly.
Urging doctors to educate people against “rumours” on Covid treatment and prevention, Modi said it is very important in these difficult times to not become a victim of panic, an official statement said. For this, Modi said, along with proper treatment, emphasis must also be on counselling of patients admitted in hospitals. He also encouraged doctors to use telemedicine for the treatment of other diseases, in case there is no emergency.
The Central government has recently taken many important decisions related to the supply of essential medicines, injections and sufficient availability of oxygen, he said, adding that states have been given necessary guidelines about these. Amid a massive surge in Coronavirus cases across the country, some chief ministers have complained of a shortage of essentials like oxygen supply and medicines like Remdesivir and sought the Centre’s intervention.
Modi said it was due to our doctors’ hard work and the nation’s strategy that India was able to control the infectious disease, and now that it is facing the second wave, all the doctors and our frontline workers are confronting the pandemic with full force and are saving the lives of millions of people.
He also called for accelerating efforts to upgrade resources in smaller cities. The statement said doctors shared their experiences in dealing with the pandemic and congratulated Modi on his leadership in dealing with the crisis. They also spoke about how they are augmenting the healthcare infrastructure and reiterated the importance of people wearing a mask & maintaining social distancing.
They also stressed the need for maintaining health infrastructure for non-Covid patients and said they have been sensitising patients against improper use of medicines, it said.
The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of Chemical and Fertilizer D V Sadananda Gowda, his deputy Mansukh Mandaviya, V K Paul Member of NITI Aayog, and senior bureaucrats.
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