Special visas for Doctors, Nurses during emergencies within SAARC nations: suggests PM Modi

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New Delhi, 18 February: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a workshop of ten neighbouring nations today said that we have gained a valuable sense of cooperation from this pandemic. Through our openness and determination, we have managed to ensure the lowest mortality in the world.

He suggested creating special visas for doctors and nurses so that doctors and nurses could immediately go to the area in case of an emergency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking on Thursday along with ten neighbouring countries in a workshop on “Covid-19 Management: Experience, Good Practices and Way Forward”. During this time he recalled the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, created to share the immediate costs of fighting the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said, “If the 21st century is to become the century of Asia, it cannot happen without cooperation and integration between the island countries of South Asia and the Indian Ocean. The sense of regional unity that you have shown during the epidemic has proved that integration is possible. ”

In the workshop, the Prime Minister suggested to propose special visas for doctors and nurses, so that in case of emergency, doctors and nurses can immediately go to the area.

He asked if our Civil Aviation Ministry could coordinate for a regional air ambulance agreement for medical emergencies.

He further said that for the prevention of pandemic in future, technology assistants can encourage science and create regional networks.

Addressing the workshop, the Prime Minister said that the world’s hope rests on the rapid deployment of vaccines. In this also, we have to maintain the spirit of mutual cooperation.

He praised the cooperation between the health systems of different countries during the epidemic and the challenge to meet the challenge in densely populated areas in coordinated ways.

Narendra Modi also suggested sharing successful public health policies and schemes. He said that for this, Ayushman Bharat and Jan Arogya Schemes of India can be useful for studies.

Ten neighboring countries were participating in the workshop, which included countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Officers and experts from India also attended the workshop.