- Our collective efforts have helped saved many lives: PM Modi
- The campaign will play a key role in making India free COVID: Amit Shah
- Follow ‘COVID-appropriate behaviour’: Prakash Javadekar
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, October 8, launched a public awareness drive, as part of India’s fight against COVID-19. PM Modi, several Ministers from his government and Bollywood celebs asked people to follow precautions like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to defeat the coronavirus pandemic. The start of this ‘jan andolan’ (mass movement) campaign comes in view of upcoming festivals, winter season and opening up of the economy, as a lack of adherence to recommended precautions can increase cases of the infection.
PM Modi on Twitter said that India’s coronavirus fight is people-driven.
India’s COVID-19 fight is people driven and gets great strength from our COVID warriors. Our collective efforts have helped saved many lives. We have to continue the momentum and protect our citizens from the virus. #Unite2FightCorona
India’s COVID-19 fight is people driven and gets great strength from our COVID warriors. Our collective efforts have helped saved many lives. We have to continue the momentum and protect our citizens from the virus. #Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/GrYUZPZc2m
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
Prime Minister Modi also tweeted some points to remember.
Let us #Unite2FightCorona!
Let us always remember:
Wear a mask.
Follow social distancing.
Practice ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori.’
Together, we will succeed.
Together, we will win against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/x5bymQpqjx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
Home Minister Amit Shah said a global pandemic like COVID-19 can be fought only when all countrymen come together. Using the hashtag ‘Unite2FightCorona’, the Home Minister urged people to join the mass awareness campaign launched by PM Modi and play a key role in making India free of this pandemic.
कोरोना जैसी वैश्विक महामारी से तभी लड़ा जा सकता है जब समस्त देशवासी एक साथ आयें।
आइए हम सब मिलकर @narendramodi जी द्वारा कोरोना के विरुद्ध चलाए जा रहे इस जनआंदोलन से जुड़े और सभी को इस महामारी के प्रति जागरूक कर कोरोना मुक्त भारत बनाने में एक अहम भूमिका निभाए।#Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/vBvHNUxJ5t
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 8, 2020
Furthermore, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar echoed similar views, saying these precautions are our “security shield” as the country unlocks and marches towards becoming ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
हमारा सुरक्षा कवच
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) October 8, 2020
Mr Javadekar asked people to keep following ‘COVID-appropriate behaviour’.
Bollywood too, joined in the awareness campaign, as several celebrities tweeted with the hashtag #Unite2FightCorona and urged countrymen to follow social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Kangana Ranaut urged people to “pledge” to unite and fight in the testing times of the pandemic.
The worldwide crisis of Corona may have many setbacks but it has the possibility of bringing us together like never before, let’s pledge to, she tweeted.
Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan too asked people to maintain social distance.
Do gaj ki doori, mask hai zaroori #Unite2FightCorona, they tweeted.
— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) October 8, 2020
Actor Parineeti Chopra also took to the platform to share “3 mantras to make India safe.”
My 3 mantras to make India safe: Wear my mask, wash my hands, social distancing. Let’s join PM’s Jan Andolan against Covid. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @MIB_India #Unite2FightCorona, she tweeted.
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) October 8, 2020
Actor Salman Khan too supported the campaign and asked his fans to maintain social distancing, wear masks to keep their hands sanitised.
In difficult times, only do three things: 6ft distance, wear mask and wash & sanitise your hands. Let’s implement PM Modi’s – Jan andolan against covid Come on buck up India, he tweeted.
Bhaiyo, beheno aur mitron
In difficult times mein, only do three things:
6ft ka distance, mask peheno & wash & sanitise ur hands.
Let's implement PM Modi's – Jan andolan against covid
Come on buck up india!
Jai hind!! @narendramodi @pmoindia @MIB_india #UniteToFightCorona
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) October 8, 2020
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 (Water, Sanitation 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 pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.