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Coronavirus | ‘Tika Utsav’ is start of second big war against virus: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Calling the “Tika Utsav” (vaccination festival) the beginning of the second big war against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid stress on social and personal hygiene.

The Utsav started on Sunday on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and will continue till the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14.

The PM also noted that India should move towards zero vaccine wastage and said optimum utilisation of vaccination capacity is a way of increasing our capacity.

Reiterating his advice on — ‘’Dawai bhi, kadai bhi’’ — the PM said awareness and responsible behaviour will succeed in containing the virus again. “Make targets at personal, social and administration level for these four days of ‘Tika Utsav’ and diligently make effort to achieve them.” 

The Prime Minister stressed on four points with regard to the drive. First, “Each one — vaccinate,” meaning those who can’t go themselves for vaccination, such as illiterate and old people, should be assisted. Second, “Each One — Treat One”, involves helping people in getting treatment, who do not have resources or knowledge to get it and third, “Each One — Save One,” meaning I should wear a mask and save myself and others. This should be stressed, said the PM in his statement.

Finally, society and people should lead in creating “micro containment zones”.

“Family members and community members should create a micro containment zone, in case of even a single positive case. Micro containment zones are a key component of fight against corona in a densely populated country like India,’’ said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also emphasised on testing and awareness and said every eligible person should get vaccinated. “This should be the primary effort of both the society and the administration.”

The Prime Minister said our success will be determined by awareness about “micro containment zones”, by not moving out of our homes unnecessarily, vaccination of all eligible persons and how we follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and other protocols.

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