Mumbai: While addressing the 63rd edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the “courage and dedication” of nurses who are fighting a war against COVID-19.
In his radio program “Mann Ki Baat”, PM Modi said, “I salute every nurse today. You all work with unmatched dedication. It is a coincidence that by the year 2020, the whole world of nurses and midwives is Is being celebrated as the year.”
The day is associated with Florence Nightingale, 200 years ago “which gave nursing a new identity”.
“This year has been a test for the entire nursing community. I am sure that not only will you emerge as a winner, but will also save the lives of many people. It is because of the courage and dedication of friends like you that we are able to fight such a war,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that the country is concerned about the health of all health workers, as they are concerned about patients.
He announced Rs 50 lakh health insurance for over 20 lakh health workers “so that you can lead the country in this fight with more confidence”.
During the program, the Prime Minister apologized to all the countrymen and especially the poor for the nationwide lockout in the wake of the novel Coronavirus. He also said that the fight against Coronavirus is a difficult one and drastic decisions are needed to keep India safe.
During his address to the nation on 24 March, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide shutdown to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.