Exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday mentioned that the Indian authorities had handled the problem posed by Covid-19 pandemic in some ways like a folks’s motion by involving folks and motivating them.
“In lots of international locations, folks take a look at it like a public well being response or a governance problem. We’ve got really handled it in some ways like a folks’s motion, that you just really get folks concerned and inspire them,” he mentioned an occasion hosted by Asia Society.
The minister mentioned that the Indian authorities had carried out proper issues corresponding to stopping worldwide journey and a nationwide lockdown within the early levels of the pandemic.
“When it got here initially, we did all the precise issues, we stopped worldwide journey a lot earlier than most international locations did, and we had our lockdown a lot earlier than most international locations did. When the pandemic hit India, there was not a single producer of Private Protecting Tools (PPE), there have been about two producers of masks, and there have been no producers of ventilators. So if you happen to take a look at usually the type of gear you regard as important to COVID-19 response, it simply wasn’t there,” he advised Asia Society Coverage Institute (ASPI) President Kevin Rudd, a former Australian Prime Minister.
“At the moment, we have now greater than 100 main producers of PPE, there are 25 plus firms producing ventilators, and there are 10 massive home producers of N95,” Jaishankar added.
He talked about that within the preliminary weeks and months, India was searching for gear, and at this time it was exporting loads of this gear to the world.
“We’ve got arrange virtually 15,000 COVID-19 centres by changing hospitals and different public buildings as devoted amenities for COVID-19 therapy,” he mentioned.
Jaishankar lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him an amazing motivator.