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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the Covid vaccination programme in Goa through a video conference on the completion of 100% first dose coverage for the adult population in Goa.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister enquired from Dr Nitin Dhupdale, Lecturer in Goa Medical College, how he convinced people to take Covid vaccine. He also discussed the difference between the Covid vaccination campaign and the earlier campaign. Dr Dhupdale praised the mission campaign mode of this particular campaign.

Criticising the opposition party, the PM wondered how after vaccinating 2.5 crore people there were reactions from the opposition party instead of the vaccinated people. He lauded doctors and other Corona warriors for the completion of 100% first dose coverage for the adult population in Goa. He said that this is an inspiration for the entire world, according to a PIB release.

Modi while interacting with the Covid beneficiary and activist Nazir Shaikh inquired how he decided to convince others to take the vaccine. He asked Nazir about the difficulties faced by him in taking people to the vaccination centres. He also asked Nazir about his experience in the vaccination drive. The Prime Minister said that the inclusion of ‘Sabka Prayas’ like Nazir Shaikh’s effort is a big factor in achieving results in this very important campaign. The Prime Minister praised the socially conscious activists all over the country.

While interacting with Sweema Fernandes, the Prime Minister asked what  inquiries she made when people came to her for vaccination. She explained the stages of maintaining the cold chain.  The PM also inquired how they maintained the cold chain for the vaccine. He inquired about the steps taken by them to achieve zero wastage of vaccine. The Prime Minister praised her for doing her duties despite her family commitments and thanked all the families of the corona warriors for their efforts.

While interacting with Shashikant Bhagat, the Prime Minister recalled how he interacted with his old acquaintance on his birthday on September 17, 2021. The PM narrated that when asked about his age, he said ‘Abhi 30 baaki hain’ (30 more to go). Modi advised 75-year-old Bhagat not to dwell on 75 years but should focus on 25 years to come. He inquired about any difficulties faced by him during vaccination. Bhagat expressed his satisfaction with the preference given to the senior citizens. He also dispelled the fears of the side effects of vaccines, as he is a diabetic and did not face any side effects. The Prime Minister praised Bhagat, a retired sales tax officer, for his social service and said that the government is committed to enhancing the ease of living including in the sphere of taxation.

The Prime Minister inquired from Sweety SM Vengurlekar as to how she organised Tikka Utsav in remote areas. He asked about the planning that went into organising the Utsav.

The Prime Minister inquired from visually challenged beneficiary Ms Sumera Khan about her experience of vaccination. The Prime Minister praised Ms Khan for her achievements in academics and wished her well for her aspirations of becoming an IAS officer. Modi lauded the Divyang citizens of the country for inspiring the lives that they are leading.