States told to rope in AYUSH doctors too

The CM, however, made it clear that how people conduct themselves during the lockdown will decide the future course of action.

Published: 03rd April 2020 03:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2020 03:03 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: To overcome the shortage of doctors to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed Karnataka and other states to rope in the services of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) doctors after providing them training online.

Speaking to mediapersons after the PM’s second video-conference with CMs to review the lockdown situation and preventive measures taken by the states, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said Modi also advised the states to popularise AYUSH guidelines to improve immunity. States have also been told to notify exclusive COVID-19 hospitals, inform the people about it and ensure that there is no shortage of medicines and essential food items.

Yediyurappa said the State Government is strictly implementing the PM’s instructions and a task force will be formed to look into the measures to be taken after April 14, when the nationwide lockdown ends. The CM, however, made it clear that how people conduct themselves during the lockdown will decide the future course of action.

“The PM advised the states to implement the lockdown effectively without affecting essential services and to deal stringently with curfew violations,” he said and added that he appreciated the states for effective implementation of the lockdown. Yediyurappa said that during the video-conference, the PM also advised them to isolate migrant workers and to provide them with basic amenities. Yediyurappa said the PM expressed concern over the situation across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and called for collaborative efforts to minimise the loss of human lives.

The CM also said 391 people who took part in the religious congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi have been kept under home and institutional quarantine. The others are being traced. He also appealed to all religious leaders to cooperate by creating awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic within their communities and to cooperate with the government. He said there is a possibility that people who attended the congregation might have gone to various districts to take up religious activities and got stuck there due to the lockdown. The district authorities have been directed to quarantine them wherever they are and report them. This process requires a lot of enquiries and technical efforts, he said, adding that it has been decided to test all of them.

Social distancing for farmers
The CM said agricultural activities are exempted from the lockdown, but farmers should practice social distancing strictly. The PM also asked states to ensure social distancing in banks when people visit to withdraw money trans-ferred under PM-Garib Kalyan package.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp