Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday got emotional as he addressed the nation while launching the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drive via video conferencing.
Giving a shout-out to frontline workers, PM Modi spoke about those who risked their lives to save lives.
“Today when we take a look at the last year, we realise that we have learnt a lot as individuals, family and nation. I want to remember those days when the disease kept people away from their families. Mothers wept for their children but couldn’t hold them. Old fathers fought the disease alone in hospitals, their children could not help them. We could perform rituals for those who died due to corona,” said the PM.
“It makes me extremely sad”.
Appearing to hold back his tears, PM Modi referred to the sacrifices made by healthcare and frontline workers, hundreds of whom lost their lives.
“In times of that crisis and atmosphere of despair, some were giving us hope. They were putting themselves at risk to save us – doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers, sanitation workers, police and other frontline workers – they prioritised their duty to humanity. They stayed away from their families and children, they stayed away from home for days… Hundreds never returned home.”
“So today, by vaccinating healthcare workers first, society is paying their debt.”