Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude to the Corona warriors who played a major role in the fight against the second wave of COVID-19.
Addressing the nation in his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, he said that delivering medical oxygen to remote parts of the country was indeed a huge task.
The Prime Minister said people have witnessed how India’s doctors, nurses and frontline warriors have toiled day and night without bothering about themselves to tackle the second wave.
He said the nation’s resolve has always been stronger than any challenge it may face.
“In the midst of this pandemic, India is moving forward with the resolve of service and cooperation. I urge everyone to follow social distancing, and wear masks and get vaccinated,” he added.
The Prime Minister said demand for oxygen surged all of a sudden when the second wave came.
Many plants manufacturing industrial oxygen are located in the eastern parts of the county.
He said cryogenic tanker drivers, Oxygen Express and Air Force pilots worked on a war footing to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
The Prime Minister also spoke to Dinesh Upadhyay from Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh who recounted his experience driving a tanker for liquid oxygen.
The Prime Minister said a tanker driver comes across as a godsent messenger when he reaches a hospital with oxygen.
He also lauded the Indian railways for facilitating the transport of oxygen.
“Oxygen Express have transported large quantities of oxygen to all corners of the country, faster than oxygen tankers travelling by road. It is a matter of pride that one oxygen express is being fully run by women,” he added.
The PM also spoke to Shirisha Gajni, a loco pilot of Oxygen Express.