India known as ‘pharmacy of world’ because of industry’s efforts: PM

India known as ‘pharmacy of world’ because of industry’s efforts: PM
Narendra Modi
New Delhi, Apr 19 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/19/2021 1:37:06 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is because of the efforts of the pharmaceutical industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He made this remark during an interaction with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing.

The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

He also appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions. “Essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 per cent in exports last year, which shows its potential,” Modi said.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, the Prime Minister commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs.

He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like ‘Remdesivir’ and to keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly.

The Prime Minister urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains and extended government’s support for facilities like logistics and transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more research on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. “This would help us take the lead in combating the virus,” he said.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that the government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

Encourage patients to get Covid vax: PM to doctors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called the vaccine as the biggest weapon in the fight against COVID-19 and urged doctors to encourage more and more patients to get the jab.

In a virtual interaction with the country’s leading doctors on the pandemic situation and vaccination progress, he also noted that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in tier-2 and tier-3 cities this time, and asked them to connect with their colleagues working there and give them online consultations to ensure that all protocols are followed correctly.

Urging doctors to educate people against “rumours” on COVID treatment and prevention, Modi said it is very important in these difficult times to not become a victim of panic, an official statement said. 

For this, Modi said, along with proper treatment, emphasis must also be on counselling of patients admitted in hospitals.

He also encouraged doctors to use tele-medicine for the treatment of other diseases, in case there is no emergency.

The central government has recently taken many important decisions related to the supply of essential medicines, injections and sufficient availability of oxygen, he said, adding that states have been given necessary guidelines about these.

Amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases across the country, some chief ministers have complained of a shortage of essentials like oxygen supply and medicines like Remdesivir, and sought the Centre’s intervention. 

Modi said it was due to our doctors’ hard work and the nation’s strategy that India was able to control the infectious disease, and now that it is facing the second wave, all the doctors and our frontline workers are confronting the pandemic with full force and are saving the lives of millions of people.

He also called for accelerating efforts to upgrade resources in smaller cities. 

The statement said doctors shared their experiences in dealing with the pandemic and congratulated Modi on his leadership in dealing with the crisis.

They also spoke about how they are augmenting the healthcare infrastructure and reiterated the importance of people wearing a mask & maintaining social distancing.

They also stressed the need for maintaining health infrastructure for non-Covid patients and said they have been sensitising patients against improper use of medicines, it said. 

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of Chemical and Fertilizer D V Sadananda Gowda, his deputy Mansukh Mandaviya, V K Paul Member of NITI Aayog, and senior bureaucrats.

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