New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India is in a much better position today as the Government took effective measures on time and about 10 million people in the country have won the fight against Covid-19 due to these efforts.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a virtual ceremony while laying the foundation stone of AIIMS Rajkot in Gujarat.
During his speech, the Prime Minister remembered the frontline COVID warriors who risked their lives fighting against the pandemic and said, “This last day of the year is to remember India’s millions of doctors, health warriors, sanitation workers, and front line corona warriors.”
“I salute the frontline warriors who have given their lives fulfilling their duty. This year has shown that how effectively we can cope with the most difficult crisis when we are all united,” he said.
PM Modi further informed that the country is preparing for mass vaccination and the new year is coming with the hope of treatment.
“I’m sure people of the country would make similar efforts for mass vaccination as they had put in to contain the spread of the virus. Necessary preparations regarding COVID-19 vaccines are underway in India. Efforts are being made in various stages to make the vaccine reach every corner of the country,” he said.
PM Modi said the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) project in Rajkot will generate thousands of jobs, provide good health care and development of Gujarat.
“We could only establish six AIIMS after so many years of independence. In 2003, Atal ji’s government took the initiative to establish six more AIIMS. In the past 6 years, we have started work on establishing ten more AIIMS,” he said.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a total of 201 acres of land has been allotted for the institute, which will be built at an estimated cost of around Rs 1,200 crore and is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
“The state-of-the-art 750-bed hospital will also have a 30-bed AAYUSH block. It will have 125 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats,” the PMO said.
The virtual ceremony was also attended by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, Governor Acharya Devvrat and Minister of State for health, Ashwini Kumar Choubey.