- World Health Day is observed by WHO every year on April 7
- Let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19: PM Modi
- Theme for this year is ‘Building A Fairer, Healthier World for Everyone’
New Delhi: While the country is still grappling to control COVID-19, researchers say that a second wave of the pandemic has set in already. There has been a continuous spike in the number of daily new cases since early February; and over 1.15 lakh (1,15,736) new COVID cases were reported in the last 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, setting an unprecedented, grim record during the second wave. With multiple new and more contagious strains of coronavirus variants coming up, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with researchers and health experts believe that carelessness from people in adhering to the preventive measures like wearing masks and practising physical distancing the behind the continuous spike. On the occasion of World Health Day, which was started by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on April 7, 1950, ministers and politicians took to social media to remind people about the COVID norms and why it is important to follow those.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the citizens to take all possible precautions and focus on fighting COVID-19. He also motivated people to appreciate all the healthcare workers who are working hard during the ongoing pandemic. He said,
On World Health Day, let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following the other protocols. At the same time, do take all possible steps to boost immunity and stay fit.
On #WorldHealthDay, let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following the other protocols.
At the same time, do take all possible steps to boost immunity and stay fit.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 7, 2021
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare said via social media that the ocassion of World Health Day should be considered as a reminder to eat right and staying fit. He said,
Let today serve as the perfect reminder to check up on yourself! On World Health Day, remember the golden rule of ‘Eating Right, Keeping Fit’ to nurture the only wealth that truly matters!
Let today serve as the perfect reminder to check up on yourself!
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 7, 2021
Ministry External Affair, Dr S. Jaishankar said,
On World Health Day, let us applaud and appreciate those working relentlessly to build a healthier world. The fight against COVID is the current global priority. India will do its part.
Piyush Goel, Minister of Railways; Commerce & Industry; Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution urged people to come forward and pledge to follow the recommended precautions to keep the virus at bay. He said,
Stay safe, stay informed, stay protected. Today on #WorldHealthDay, let us all pledge to follow the recommended precautions to ensure each other’s good health & well-being in this fight against COVID-19.
Stay safe, stay informed, stay protected.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 7, 2021
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fandavis also reiterated that people should take a pledge to be careful and contain the infection. He said,
We are again facing the #Coronavirus challenge. On World Health Day let us salute the Covid19 warriors fighting relentlessly for the mankind in such tough times. Also, let us all pledge to take care and precautions to help curb this Corona Outbreak .
We are again facing the #Coronavirus challenge.
On #WorldHealthDay let us salute the Covid19 warriors fighting relentlessly for the mankind in such tough times.
Also, let us all pledge to take care &
precautions to help curb this #CoronaOutbreak . pic.twitter.com/znQBIaMuMG
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) April 7, 2021
Sharing his workout video, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, AYUSH and Minister of State, Minority Affairs, Kiren Rijiju stressed on revitalising the body and the mind.
I agree 100% with Sadhguru's quote:
"Health is your responsibility. Creating health is about revitalizing your body, mind, emotions, and life energies to a higher level of functioning" On #WorldHealthDay let's pledge to make our earth more clean & stay healthy. #FitIndiaMovement pic.twitter.com/Ge8Y7L4Hut
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 7, 2021
Assam politician Himanta Biswa Sarma, emphasised on the fact that the past one year has made people realise the importance of good healthcare. He said,
Over the past year, we’ve realized the importance of good healthcare facilities in human societies. Health is wealth. On this World Health Day, let’s all reaffirm our gratitude towards our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Over the past year, we’ve realized the importance of good healthcare facilities in human societies. Health is wealth. On this #WorldHealthDay, let’s all reaffirm our gratitude towards our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) April 7, 2021
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.[corona_data_new]