Tika Utsav: PM Narendra Modi calls for zero vaccine wastage

Tika Utsav, vaccination festival, began on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and will continue till the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo: Twitter)

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said ‘Tika Utsav’—vaccination festival—is the beginning of second big war against Coronavirus, and stressed upon social hygiene and personal hygiene.

The observation of four-day Tika Utsav began on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and will continue till the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14, according to a statement from the Prime Minister Office.

On the occasion, Modi took to social media to drive home four points:

First, Each One-Vaccinate, meaning those who can’t go themselves for vaccination, such as illiterate and old people, should be assisted. Second, Each One- Treat One. This involves helping people in getting Corona treatment, who do not have resources or knowledge to get it. Third, Each One-Save One, meaning I should wear mask and save myself and others. Finally, society and people should lead in creating ‘micro containment zones’. Family members and community members should create ‘micro containment zone’, in case of even a single positive case.  ‘Micro containment zones’ are a key component of fight against Corona in a densely populated country like India, the PM said.

The prime minister also emphasized the need for testing and awareness. Urging every eligible person to get vaccinated, he said, “This should be the primary effort of both the society and the administration”.

Calling upon the nation to move towards zero vaccine wastage, the prime minister said “Optimum utilization of vaccination capacity is a way of increasing our capacity”.

The PM said our success will be determined by awareness about ‘micro containment zones’, by not moving out of our homes unnecessarily, vaccination of all eligible persons and how we follow covid appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and other protocols.

The prime minister also asked to make targets at personal, social and administration level for these four days of ‘Tika Utsav’ and diligently make effort to achieve them.

Urging people’s participation, Modi said awareness and responsible behaviour will help in containing the pandemic.

First Published:April 11, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

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