GOI urges retired docs to join its mission to tackle COVID-19

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WITH several countries under lockdown and the Group of 20 nations working out a strategy to contain spread of COVID-19, India has appealed to superannuated medics to come forward to fight the dreaded disease threatening the globe. The 20 members of the group are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India at the “G-20 Leaders’ Extraordinary Virtual Summit” on the global Coronavirus threat through video-conferencing.  Saudi King Salman will chair the “virtual” meet through video-conferencing from Riyadh as Saudi Arabia is the current Chair of the G-20.Meanwhile, in a statement posted on PM  Modi headed Niti Aayog ,the GOI has appealed to retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or a private doctor to join the efforts of the government to fight the deadly virus. Those who wish to be  part of this nobel mission to serve the country may register themselves on a link provided on the official website of the Niti Aayog.”The Government of India requests doctors who are fit and willing to be available for providing their services in the public health facilities and the training hospitals in the near future. “We appeal to such doctors to come forward at this hour of need. You could also be a retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or a private doctor, the statement said. In case the outbreak leads to a high number of infected individuals, India’s public health facilities will face tremendous load to take care of the large number of patients, the statement added. Meanwhile, PM Modi has asked people to differentiate between facts and rumours regarding coronavirus and maintained that both the Centre and states governments are taking measures against the virus with utmost sensitiveness, as he reiterated his appeal for social distancing and staying at home. He was interacting with the people of his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, on Wednesday, March 25 through video conferencing. Expressing regret that he could not be with the people at a time like this but assured that he was taking regular updates about his parliamentary constituency.  He also said the participating of people during the ‘Janata Curfew’ to promote social distancing last Sunday had left the world surprised and thanked everyone who expressed support for those involved in taking care of the corona patients. (edited by PKC with courtesy to Ani Kolleshi of Albania for the photo) 

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