PM launches crash course to upskill over one lakh 'COVID-19 warriors'

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a customised crash course programme that aims to skill and upskill over one lakh 'COVID-19 warriors' across the country, and said the nation needs to stay prepared as the danger of coronavirus and possibility of its mutation remain present.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the second wave of the pandemic has highlighted the challenges the virus can throw up, and the training of more than one lakh frontline warriors is a step in that direction.

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

He also said the central government is committed to providing Covid vaccination free to everyone, starting June 21.

With the country witnessing shortage of medical oxygen during the recent surge in Covid cases, the prime minister said work is underway on a war footing to establish over 1,500 oxygen plants, with efforts to reach every district. The customised crash course training will be imparted to people in six customised job roles, namely home care support, basic care support, advanced care support, emergency care support, sample collection support, and medical equipment support.

The course, launched from 111 centres across 26 states, has been designed by top experts, Modi said, adding that the Corona period has proved the importance of skill, re-skill and up-skill.