PM Modi proposes COVID 19 emergency fund at SAARC video conference
New Delhi : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaders and representatives from other SAARC nations on Sunday participated in a video conference to discuss the joint efforts which could be made against the COVID 19.
"Our region has reported less than 150 coronavirus cases, but we need to remain vigilant." said PM Modi at SAARC video conference.
"Step-by-step approach helped avoid panic, made special efforts to reach out to vulnerable groups," the PM further said.
"We started screening people entering India from mid-January itself, while gradually increasing restrictions on travel," said Modi.
PM Modi also suggested the creation of COVID 19 emergency fund, based on voluntary contribution from each nation.
Speaking about India's preparedness for the outbreak, Modi said, "We will set up disease surveillance portal to better trace possible virus carriers and can share disease surveillance software with SAARC. We are assembling Rapid Response Team of doctors, specialists in India, along with testing kits, they will be ready for deployment."
Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih backs coordinated approach to deal with Covid-19, says no country can deal with the situation alone.
Ibrahim Solih thanked PM Modi for regional initiative to combat Covid-19 challenge and welcomed PM Modi's suggestion of setting up a Covid-19 emergency fund.