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Actor Amitabh Bachchan And AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria Discuss Coronavirus Vaccine At #SwasthyaMantra Telethon

At NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India #SwasthyaMantra Telethon, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria shared three key pillars in the fight against COVID-19

Actor Amitabh Bachchan And AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria Discuss Coronavirus Vaccine At #SwasthyaMantra Telethon

New Delhi: AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria has been at the frontline since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. He has not only handled COVID-19 cases in the national capital Delhi but has also provided guidance to other states like Gujarat struggling to win the battle against COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Guleria joined the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India 12-hour SwasthyaMantra telethon with Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan and talked about the ways to fight COIVD-19 and a nation’s reliance on Coronavirus vaccine.

Also Read: 12-Hour #SwasthyaMantra Telethon: Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan Sets The Agenda For Season 7 Of Banega Swasth India Campaign

In conversation with Mr Bachchan, Dr Guleria mentioned about the role of COVID warriors and shared three ways to protect one from the Coronavirus pandemic. He said,

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, I want to salute all the COVID warriors who have lost their lives in the fight against COVID-19. We have lost over 500 of them. The Banega Swasth India programme highlights the fact that Swachh (cleanliness) and Swasth (health) are interlinked. If you are hygienic, you will also be healthy. So what if don’t have a vaccine? We have a vaccine which is called non-pharmacological measures and they are three broad pillars – physical distancing, wearing a face mask when in public place and hand washing. If we have these three pillars with us, we can win this battle against COVID.

Dr Guleria informed that countries like Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea that have adopted the three pillars have managed to defeat COVID-19. He added,

There are countries with huge economies and health expenditures like the United States struggling with COVID-19. If all of us get over our COVID fatigue, reenergise ourselves, and incorporate these three pillars, we will be able to win this battle. This will be won by the pubic and not by doctors or in hospitals. Together, if we strengthen these pillars then we will not need a vaccine.

Mr Bachchan resonated with Dr Guleria and gave an example of HIV. The nation doesn’t have a vaccine against HIV but still overcame it. Similarly, we will have to fight COVID-19. Dr Guleria said, vaccine against COVID-19 is no magic bullet that will stop the pandemic right away and added,

People are saying that vaccine will come but how protective will be the vaccine? Will we have to revaccinate ourselves? How will we vaccinate every citizen of our population? It will be a herculean task. This virus is a clever virus, it will change itself, it will mutate itself. Efficacy of the vaccine will not be there. Therefore, these three pillars become more and more important. A vaccine will help but it is not a magic bullet. We ourselves have to become part of this fight against COVID-19. If we maintain cleanliness, we will be able to lead a healthy life and win against COVID.

Also Read: Banega Swasth India 12-hour #SwasthyaMantra Telethon Special: COVID Warriors

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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