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PM Modi said India’s message to the rest of the Saarc nation for battling the deadly COVID 19 was “prepare but do not panic” and added that the region which housed one-fifth of the world population had to be ready to deal with this contingency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s message to the rest of the SAARC nations for battling the deadly COVID 19 was “prepare but don’t panic” and added that the region which housed one-fifth of the global population had to be ready to manage this contingency.

“So far our Saarc region has registered fewer than 150 cases but we’d like to stay vigilant as our SAARC region is home to almost one-fifth of total world population,” the prime minister said while making the opening address.

The prime minister said there have been “significant challenges to health care facilities” within the region. Therefore, he added, “We must all prepare together, we must all act together and that we must all succeed together.”
Prime minister said India had taken swift steps to upgrade its medical infrastructure to take care of coronavirus while ensuring that there’s no panic.

“Prepare but don’t panic”, has been our guiding mantra. we’ve been careful to not underestimate the matter but also to avoid a knee-jerk reflex reaction. we’ve tried to require proactive steps including upgraded response mechanisms. We started screening in mid-January itself. The step by step approach has helped in spreading panic,” Modi said.
Prime minister said New Delhi has made special efforts to succeed in bent vulnerable groups.

“We have worked to quickly build up our systems including training of our medical staff,” he said.

Prime Minister’s appeal for videoconferencing for a joint strategy for the region was made on Thursday and received a prompt response from Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, Bhutanese premier Lotay Tshering, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and also the Afghan government, all of them welcomed the proposal.

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