Updated on 22 Oct 2021, 4:30 am
A thanksgiving programme in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on achieving 100 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccination in India was organised by the Manipur government in association with different local organisations at Phubala village in Bishnupur district on Thursday.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that it is a matter of pride for the country to achieve the 100-crore mark as it is not easy to inoculate such a huge population free of cost. The milestone could be achieved due to the determination and far-sighted vision of the dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.
Even before a single case of COVID-19 was detected in India, the Prime Minister entrusted a team of scientists to invent a vaccine for the pandemic soon after the pandemic broke out in China, he further said, adding that India could produce two vaccines in time and started vaccination early to save people’s precious lives. The vaccines are saving lives not only in India but also in many other countries, he observed.
Biren mentioned that despite criticism from some quarters, the Prime Minister’s initiative to clap for frontline warriors, ringing utensils and switching off lights earned great dividends in creating awareness about the virus. It also made the public realise the importance of the collective fight against the pandemic, he said. That is why Narendra Modi is known as the living legend for his innovative ideas, Biren added.
Regarding healthcare initiatives taken up by the government, Biren said that the state government’s CMHT and Central Government Ayushman Bharat had been giving great benefits to the masses. Now, people are no longer worried about healthcare to a large extent, he said. CM’s Health for All had been launched to provide health check-up facilities and primary treatment at people’s doorsteps, he added.
N Biren also inspected the Health and Wellness Centre, Phubala, COVID-19 vaccination and issuance of CMHT and Ayushman Bharat health cards.
The programme was attended by Moirang assembly MLA P Saratchandra, advisor to CM (Health) S Ranjan, additional chief secretary (Health and Family Welfare) V Vumlunmang, former chief secretary O Nabakishore and former MLA M Prithviraj.