India has fought Covid-19 better than most developed countries: Governor
Published: Publication date – 18:08, Thu – 24 Mar 22
Sangareddy: Governor Tamiliasai Soundararajan said India has fought Covid-19 better than most developed countries thanks to the continuous efforts of Indian scientists and technologists.
Speaking to students and faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) after unveiling the Jeevan Lite Smart Medical ICU ventilator developed by researchers at IIT-H near Kandi in the district on Thursday of Sanagreddy, the governor said Telangana, which is known as the Pharmaceutical Hub of India, has exported vaccines and drugs to more than 150 countries. Appreciating the research work of Rajesh Yadav, Cyril Antony and their team for the development of the smart medical ICU, she said she used to get a number of calls during Covid-19 asking for a bed with a fan. Although he works around the clock at Raj Bhavan, Soundararajan said it has been difficult to give support to every person. She further said that even her own father and mother suffered due to Covid-19
The governor said researchers in India developed the vaccines within 11 months of reported Covid-19 cases in India, although researchers typically take more than a decade to develop an effective vaccine. She said Indian researchers formed the protocol of Covid-19 earlier than other countries with the efforts of scientists from DRDO and research institutes such as IIT-H.
Suggesting that IIT-H students start doing research right from the start of their studies on campus, Soundararajan called on them to join senior scientists on campus as associates. She also stressed the importance of improving their immunity by taking nutritious and traditional foods, as the country may face the fourth wave or any other pandemic-like illnesses in the future. The governor made them aware of the importance of practicing yoga and meditation to keep them healthy. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has purchased and donated 10 smart intensive care units to the governor, who will eventually hand them over to the government of Telangana and the government of Pondicherry. BVN Board of Governors Chairman Mohan Reddy, IIT-H Director Profi BS Murty, Collector Sangareddy M Hanumantha Rao, SP M Ramana Kumar and others were present.
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