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PM praises Karnataka’s handling of Covid-19

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Remote-inaugurating RGUHS fete, Modi calls for upscaling telemedicine

BENGALURU:

The Karnataka government got a pat on the back by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its efficient handling of the Covid-19 situation in the state. Inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences via video conferencing on Monday, the PM said that had it not been for the pandemic he would have loved to be physically present in Bengaluru for the special occasion.    

Lauding the efforts of healthcare professionals, the PM said that in the war against the coronavirus, the country’s doctors and medical workers are like “soldiers without the uniform”.  

Calling for upscaling telemedicine, the PM noted that ‘Make in India’ had resulted in the domestic manufacture of 1 crore PPEs and 1.2 crore N-95 masks. He noted that 12 crore citizens had already downloaded the Centre’s Aarogya Setu app.

The PM said the government was working on 4 healthcare ‘pillars’:

1. Preventive healthcare: More than 40,000 wellness centres have been opened.

2. Affordable healthcare: Ayushman Bharat has covered 1 crore citizens.

3. Improvements on the supply side: Work is underway to ensure a medical college or postgraduate medical institute in every district. 22 more AIIMSs have been set up. Over the last five years, 30,000 MBBS and 15,000 P-G seats have been added. The Medical Council of India has been replaced by a new National Medical Commission.

4. Mission mode implementation: The focus is to implement good ideas.

Covid-19 Innovation Hackathon

Speaking at the event, Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said there could not have been a better way to celebrate the 25th Foundation Day of RGUHS than having the Prime Minister inaugurate the Covid-19 Innovation Hackathon.

The minister noted that more than 80 per cent of those tested in India were asymptomatic, and urged researchers to study this aspect. “If we can produce a medicine based on this study, it will be a big contribution to the world,” he said.

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