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Embassy organised Symposium on Combating COVID 19 Variants with IDF

Saturday, January 22, 2022
Embassy organised Symposium on Combating COVID 19 Variants with IDF

A symposium to generate awareness on combating Covid 19 variants was organized by the Embassy of India in Kuwait, in association with the Indian Doctors’ Forum (IDF), Kuwait on January 22, 2022.

Ambassador of India to Kuwait HE Shri Sibi George inaugurated the event. In his address Ambassador spoke about India-Kuwait partnership in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted the importance of adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines by each and every one of the Indian nationals in Kuwait. Ambassador said that the Embassy will organize all its various events including the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations virtually only till the Covid situation improves.

Ambassador thanked IDF for being in the forefront of fight against the pandemic in Kuwait, for working closely with the Embassy in many activities such as dedicated seminars, awareness campaigns, roundtable discussions to educate people about COVID-19, and also for conducting medical camps and free medical tele consultations.

Ambassador said that India is facing the Covid situation with great fortitude and resilience adding that a year from the date of launch of the World’s largest vaccine campaign, India successfully administered 160 crore (1.6 billion) COVID vaccine doses, an unparalleled global feat. He added that while India successfully fights this pandemic domestically, it continues to be at the forefront of the global fight against COVID in line with its civilizational ethos. He mentioned that India recently supplied the third batch of medical assistance consisting of two tons of essential lifesaving medicines to Afghanistan adding that India had earlier supplied 500,000 doses of COVID 19 vaccine and 1.6 tons of medical assistance to Afghanistan through WHO.

President of IDF Dr. Amir Ahmed introduced the panelists and reiterated the role being played by IDF to help the community in its fight against the pandemic. He urged the community to avail the facility of free tele-medical consultations arranged by IDF in multiple Indian languages. The symposium featured specialist Indian medical doctors working at reputed healthcare institutions in Kuwait. The discussion was moderated by Dr P Shankar Narayanan Menon. Other panelists included Dr Arijit Chattopadhyay, DrSarojBala Grover, DrVarkey Alexander and Dr Shanthi Alexander, who presented various aspects of the pandemic and answered the questions from the public.

The discussion generated a tremendous response with hundreds of people from different walks of life in Kuwait participating virtually. The symposium provided a unique opportunity for participants to listen to expert healthcare professionals providing much needed insights on the evolving developments related to the ongoing pandemic, learning about the risk factors and getting expert advice on the precautions that were needed to be taken.



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