It’s a proud moment for India and Indians again!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended India’s efforts against COVID-19 and called on the country to show the world a direction in this regard!
WHO statements have come amid the growing COVID-19 cases globally, with more than 3 lakh infections and more than 14,000 deaths.
“There are no easy answers. It is exceptionally important that countries like India show the way to the world as they have done before,” WHO Executive Director Michael Ryan said in a statement.
Ryan said this citing India’s past success stories in fighting pandemics like polio and smallpox through targeted ‘public intervention’.
“India led the world in eradicating two silent killers and eliminating them from the country,” Ryan said in a press conference in Geneva on March 23, 2020.
“Its latest announcements related to quarantine and social distancing measures, including recent lockdown of 75 affected districts, suspension of rail, inter-state bus services and metro services are initiatives of unprecedented scale and reflect the country’s resolve to prevent the spread of the pandemic,” says Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s Regional Emergencies Director.
Corona is Accelerating: WHO
Meanwhile, WHO Director General DR Tedros Adhanom said in a news briefing that the “coronavirus is actually accelerating.”
Tedros explained that the virus could infect 100,000 people globally in first 67 days since its outbreak from China.
Continuing the pace, it just took 11 days to infect the next 100,000 and then just the 4 days to hit the next 100,000 in the row.
“These numbers matter, these are people, who lives & families have been turned upside down. We are not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic,” Tedros said in a statement.
#MissionCorona in India: Industry Comes Forward
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation, for the second time in a week period, on March 24, 2020.
Meanwhile, India Inc. has extended all its support to the government in fighting out the horrifying pandemic.
This ranges from making masks and distributing sanitizers to raising relief funds across various parts of the country.
Diageo India plans to supply 300,000 liters of hand sanitizer, along with 5,00,000 liters of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA) and 150,000 masks to the public state departments.
Vedanta Resources CEO Anil Agarwal has announced Rs. 100 crore support to fight coronavirus in India.
Meanwhile, Reliance Industries has announced its support to the government. In a press release, it said Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and BMC have collaborated to set up a dedicated 100-bedded center at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Reliance Foundation has also extended its support to collaborate with local NGOs across the country in offering food and supplies in crisis situation.
The company also informed about enhancement of its production facilities to produce more than 100,000 face masks and other essentials to support health and medical workers.
The company also announced free fuel for all emergency service vehicles.
Meanwhile, Mahindra & Mahindra is also beginning its plans to prepare ventilators for COVID-19 patients.
“Our Projects team stands ready to assist the Govt/Army in erecting temporary care facilities. The Mahindra Foundation will create a fund to assist the hardest hit in our value chain small businesses and the self-employed,” the company said in a statement.
Godrej, Patanajali and other FMCG companies said they will reduce the prices of their soaps and hygiene products.
Meanwhile, state-run SBI has announced 0.25 percent of its annual profit to fight coronavirus.
“SBI takes a huge step in the fight against Coronavirus in India. The CSR fund will be used for various activities related to COVID-19, mainly to support health care for underprivileged people,” SBI said on Twitter.
More other industries and industry giants have extended their support to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in India.
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