'Fight Prejudice' Against COVID-19 Patients: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President additionally known as for expressing gratitude to farmers, the “unsung Corona warriors”. (File)

New Delhi:

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday expressed anguish over cases of stigmatising of COVID-19 sufferers and denial of dignified final rites to individuals who died as a result of virus.

He stated such incidents have been completely uncalled for and urged native communities and the society at giant to stop the recurrence of such happenings.

In a Fb publish, Mr Naidu stated “the necessity of the hour is to combat prejudice and nip it within the bud. In any other case, it may well change into extra poisonous than pretend information and misinformation”.

Urging all people to deal with COVID-19 sufferers with understanding and empathy, he stated “it must be remembered that no one is completely secure and the invisible virus can infect anyone”.

Mentioning that since time immemorial India is called a land of tolerance and other people have been displaying their emphatic nature by coming to the help of these in misery, the vice chairman described as “disturbing” media stories of some individuals, together with kin, of stigmatising and ostracizing these contaminated with coronavirus, primarily resulting from worry of contracting the an infection.

Referring to cases the place individuals opposed offering area for final rites to those that died of the virus, he stated it was completely unacceptable and goes towards the age-old Indian traditions of being in solidarity with bereaved members of the family.

Observing {that a} host of things similar to illiteracy, superstitions, pretend information and rumours gasoline false beliefs among the many individuals, Mr Naidu urged the well being authorities and the media to take up particular campaigns to advertise consciousness and educate individuals on all of the information referring to the coronavirus and its transmission.

“The right message must be reiterated, bolstered and broadly disseminated to make sure that it creates a optimistic affect and brings concerning the desired transformation in behaviour,” he stated.

Expressing optimism that the dire state of affairs attributable to the pandemic may be overcome by striving collectively, he stated the at the start job is to flatten the curve. “Each citizen has to behave responsibly by adhering to the norms like frequent hand washing, sporting masks and sustaining social distance,” he emphasised.

He additionally known as for expressing gratitude to farmers, the “unsung Corona warriors”, who’ve been rendering selfless service in making certain meals safety.

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