“This is a moment of pride”: Srinagar Mayor during e-launching of vaccine drive

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Srinagar: Speaking at Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at the e-launch of the COVID Vaccination Drive-by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu on Saturday said “this was a moment of pride for the entire country that two indigenous vaccines had been developed in India.”

The e-launch event at SKIMS Soura was presided over by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor,  R. R. Bhatnagar and attended by DC Srinagar Dr. Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, Director SKIMS Dr. Ahanger, Principal GMC Dr. Samia Rashid besides senior officers, heads of departments, doctors and members of the medical faculty.

“This is a moment of pride and a very important milestone in the country’s spirited and inspiring fight against COVID-19. Based on the Prime Minister’s vision, India has embarked on the biggest vaccination drive in the history of human civilization. This is a historic day and it is an appropriate occasion to pay a tribute to those frontline workers who sacrificed their lives in the battle against COVID”, Mayor Srinagar Junaid Mattu said during his address at SKIMS Soura.

The Mayor congratulated all the researchers and scientists who worked diligently and relentlessly to create India’s indigenous vaccines and said this was a day to salute our doctors and frontline health workers.

Reiterating that people should not fall for any propaganda or negative distortion about the vaccination, Mattu said the vaccines had been duly approved by the competent authorities after all relevant checks and balances were cleared. “People should not fall prey to misinformation or propaganda and have utmost faith in the institutions and systems that have validated these vaccines. These vaccines are the result of months of painstaking research and hard-work by some of the brightest minds in the country”.

Urging the people to continue adhering to the COVID guidelines while the vaccination drive has commenced, Mayor said this was most important contribution to make such initiatives successful. “I will keep urging everyone to wear masks and adhere to physical distancing norms and all COVID guidelines so that the vaccination drive is a success and we are able to finally win our battle against COVID. Please don’t stop wearing masks and take every advisory seriously. All such steps are for the welfare of the general public”.

Saying SMC will continue playing a prominent role in Srinagar’s battle against COVID, he said the Corporation had gone above and beyond the call of duty in battling COVID and would continue to lead from the front. “SMC has played a pivotal role to protect Srinagar and I want to assure the people of Srinagar that we will continue to lead from the front and lead by example. We will do everything possible to tide over this challenge”, Mattu further added.

He said doctors and allied health workers deserve immense respect and admiration for their sacrifices and daunting service in the face of this pandemic. He urged the attendees to reach out to the general public and disseminate authentic information about the COVID vaccination drive to make it smooth and effective.

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