Second wave of Covid-19 is man-made: Dr Sarman Singh

People should be in self-lockdown: Prof KG Suresh

Vaccine can break chain: Margaret Gwada

Special awareness programme on ‘Youth and Covid-19’ in MCU

Bhopal, 4th May, 2021: Director of AIIMS Bhopal Dr Sarman Singh said that vaccine and social vaccine that is mask are very necessary for preventing Covid -19. These are only tools to curb the disease and save your family and others. Mask can prevent even mutated virus. Vice Chancellor Prof KG Suresh, on the occasion, called upon people to be in self-lockdown and avoid fake content. It should not be shared. Awareness is the key in present situation and SMS that is social distancing, mask and senitiser should be used.

Dr Singh was addressing a special awareness programme ‘Youth and Covid-19’ today, organised by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, as keynote speaker. He said health services are under intense pressure due to Corona and health workers are under stress. Second wave of Covid-19 is man-made. In the first phase, we believed that it won’t infect youths and it seemed true when elderly people were infected and many of them succumbed to the infection. The government relaxed the restrictions, but infection rate in youths is higher at present because they were out after the first phase. Infection doze has been reduced to 25 percent today and small number of virus is causing infection. There should be six to eight week gap between first and second vaccine, he said.

Chief of UNICEF, MP Margaret Gwada said, youths are the catalysts of change in Madhya Pradesh and they can take on the driver’s seat to spread correct and verified information in regard to Covid. They can break the chain. It is affecting all of us regardless of age and gender and the only way to fight this virus, is through vaccination, and adoption of COVID-19 appropriate behaviours including use of facemask, handwashing with soap, and maintaining physical distance. It is not one or either, we need to do all.

Communication expert of UNICEF Anil Gulati said, youth should be aware of benefit of vaccination. Media students should use their creative skills to spread information about vaccination. Health expert Dr Ravindra Bagal said youths should follow only authentic information sources and share them. Senior Assistant Professor Lalbahadur Ojha conducted the programme and In-Charge Registrar Dr Pavitra Shrivastava proposed the vote of thanks. Participants were from all the campuses Bhopal, Rewa, Noida and Khandwa. All Associated Study Centres were participated via Facebook live page of university.

At the end, tributes were paid to former faculty member Dr Davinder Kaur Uppal, tutor Smt Sangeeta Jain and employee Bharat Hartalkar who died of Covind 19. Vice Chancellor Prof Suresh and others recalled their contribution.