PM Modi warns coronavirus has not gone, it may mutate

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PM Narendra Modi (Image: Screengrab from the video tweeted by @narendramodi)
PM Narendra Modi (Image: Screengrab from the video tweeted by @narendramodi)

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched six crash course programs to train and upskill around one lakh frontline workers to help them fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on the occasion, PM Narendra Modi cautioned people of staying alert as coronavirus cases may have come down but it is still amongst us. Coronavirus can mutate and to prevent people, government will be providing free vaccine to all above 18 years of age from June 21 onwards.

"In the second wave of coronavirus, we saw what kind of challenges the ever-changing form of this virus can bring before us," PM Modi said.

"We have to further enhance the preparedness of the country to meet the challenges ahead," PM Modi asserted.

"With this goal in mind, a massive campaign to prepare about one lakh frontline 'Corona warriors' is being started in the country," he said.

The new crash courses will skill frontline workers in six customized roles - Home Care Support, Basic Care Support, Advanced Care Support, Emergency Care Support, Sample Collection Support, and Medical Equipment Support.

"These courses are designed to skill as well as upskill the healthcare workforce. 111 such centres are being started from today across the nation under the Skill India programme. With this, we will have more than one lakh new skilled healthcare frontline workers in the next few months," PM added.

The programs will be under the Central Component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with total financial outlay of ₹ 276 crore, the PMO said.