R-Day: Ker Governor urges people to utilise the opportunity for COVID vaccination

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 26 (PTI): Leading the 72nd Republic Day celebrations in Kerala, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Tuesday urged the people of the southern state to utilise the opportunity for vaccination against coronavirus and continue the COVID-appropriate behaviour with utmost care.

The state's experience with viral infection has been challenging, he said, adding Kerala, however, could keep mortality lowest in the country and win acclaim across the world.

As coronavirus underlined the truth that 'disease anywhere is a threat to health everywhere,' the state government ensured that no one was left unattended and focused on upgrading 461 of our 674 primary health centres to family health centres, he said.

'A healthy and prosperous nation is like paradise on earth. To ensure health, let us utilise the opportunity for vaccination against coronavirus and more importantly, continue Covid-appropriate behaviour with utmost care until the threat is wiped out,' the Governor said.

Khan's reaction assumes significance as the total caseload of the southern state touched 8.93 lakh till Monday.

Kerala's swift response began withthe 'Break the Chain' campaign followed by innumerable innovative interventions, he said, adding that it also rendered the expertise in setting up corona hospitals in other states.

In his speech, the Governor also mentioned the state government's 'food for all' initiative implemented during the time of lock down, community kitchens of Kudumbashree, relief camps,the regular supply of provision kits to all card holders and the care shown towards the elders and guests workers during the crisis.

Expressing 'heartfelt gratitude' to the doctors and scientists who developed the vaccine against COVID-19, the healthcare professionals and corona warriors, Khan said the country's apt response to the pandemic was marked by timely actions to restore the economic growth, with full faith in our resilience.

'Together, we endured lock-downs and restrictions, confidently seeking opportunity in adversity. As a result, we are firmly back on track, wiser, innovative and confidently traversing the path of self-reliance. Today, our fight against Covid-19 is almost at the cusp of victory, with the nationwide vaccination drive in full swing,' he said.

In addition to the many indigenous vaccines in the offing, the two vaccines against Covid-19, developed by Indian scientists and doctors in record time and trusted by the world, would remain as an endearing and epic stride in the history of Indian science, symbolising the Indian spirit of self-reliance, he said.

The Governor said drawing strength from the Indian tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam, India supplied medicines and equipment required to treat Covid infection globally, including the developed nations.

'Today, we as the 'Pharmacy of the World' are supplying Covid vaccine to our neighbourhood and other nations,' he added.

In his brief speech, Khan also lavished praise on the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which could accomplish three missions in 2020 despite hurdles caused by the COVID-19.

Earlier, Khan unfurled the tricolour at the state- level celebration at the Central Stadium here and inspected a parade in which armed police and others participated.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and some of his cabinet colleagues were among those present at the celebrations.PTI LGKSS PTI PTI