After several teams of healthcare workers were attacked or abused by members of the Tablighi Jamat, who tested positive for COVID-19 and were taken to hospitals, Indian opposition Congress politician Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has come forward to defend those on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.
Priyanka, who is daughter of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, has appealed to view the fight against COVID-19 as a collective responsibility, saying it was the country's duty to take care of those working day and night for the safety of the public.
Taking to Twitter, she posted a message in Hindi that translates as: "Our doctors, nursing staff, technicians, and sanitation staff are warriors in the fight against corona. They are working by putting their lives at stake. We need to help them and it is our responsibility [to ensure] that they and their families are protected and are supported in every aspect".
हमारे डॉक्टर्स, नर्सिंग स्टाफ, टेक्नीशियन, सफाईकर्मी कोरोना के खिलाफ जंग में योद्धा हैं जो जान की बाजी लगाकर काम कर रहे हैं। इनकी मदद करना, इन्हें और इनके परिवारों को सुरक्षित रखना, हर ढंग से हिमायत करना-हम सबका फर्ज है।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) April 5, 2020
इन जाँबाज योद्धाओं को अपना संदेश दें।#WeAreProudOfYou pic.twitter.com/HUAA1V071J
Gandhi's message comes at a time when several medical professionals were attacked and even pelted with stones while trying to examine people suspected of having the infection.
In another tweet, Priyanka admired the efforts of an 11-year-old girl Ananya Patel from the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh who has made masks for the poor to protect them from COVID-19.
प्यारी अनन्या पटेल आप जो कर रही हो वह सच्ची देशभक्ति है। आपकी तरह हजारों भारतीय हैं जो कोरोना के खिलाफ जंग में देश के लिए अपनी भूमिका अदा कर रहे हैं- हमें आप पर नाज़ है।#WeAreProudOfYou https://t.co/AwCkvZqLsg— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) April 5, 2020
The little girl took to sewing for the first time in her life to try to make masks. After initially failing in her attempts, she is now dedicatedly preparing masks at her home.
According to India’s federal Health and Family Welfare Ministry, there were 3,374 active cases with 77 deaths and 266 recoveries in the country as of Sunday morning.