Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: As India has entered the third week of its 21-day nationwide lockdown and its total active cases of Coronavirus reached 3,981, this year's World Health Day, unlike other years, assumed huge significance for lawmakers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Today on #WorldHealthDay, let us not only pray for each other's good health and well-being but also reaffirm our gratitude towards all those doctors, nurses, medical staff and healthcare workers who are bravely leading the battle against the COVID-19 menace."

He also said on this World Health Day, let us also follow practices such as social distancing which will protect our own lives as well as the lives of others.

"May this day also inspire us towards focusing on personal fitness through the year, which would help improve our overall health," he said.

It's not just the Prime Minister, but politicians from across the barrier stressed the importance of good health and to honour those who keep us healthy -- doctors, nurses, health workers.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the World Health Day is an opportunity to reaffirm our gratitude towards all doctors, nurses, medical staff and healthcare workers leading the battle against COVID-19

The vice president appealed to citizens to respect and appreciate the selfless work of the medical community.

"Any misbehaviour or assault on doctors & nurses is unacceptable & most stringent action must be taken against culprits behind such incidents," his office tweeted.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari too took to Twitter and posted a photo expressing gratitude to health staff and paramedics "protecting our lives". He said: "Saluting every health worker on the frontlines fighting the novel coronavirus and safeguarding our lives. #WorldHealthDay"

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed gratitude to health staff and paramedics.

"This #WorldHealthDay, let us show our gratitude to the healthcare professionals who are risking their lives to win the war against COVID-19. Let us also practice #SocialDistancing to protect our lives as well as theirs. Together we can make the world healthier again!" tweeted Pradhan.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also took to Twitter to express gratitude to health care professionals.

"On #WorldHealthDay, offer my deep gratitude to thousands of nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals who are showing exemplary courage to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Salute to the frontline warriors working tirelessly in this unprecedented challenge," tweeted Patnaik.

Congress's Randeep Singh Surjewala took to Twitter to say: "#WorldHealthDay reminds us of the importance of good health every year. Today, when the whole world is fighting against Corona, pledge to create a better environment for living on earth, today."

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He added, "On this occasion, all the doctors, nurses and health workers should be thanked, who are the advance warriors of this battle."

So far 114 people have died due to Coronavirus in India. However, at least 325 people have recovered from the deadly coronavirus across the country. The total number of Corona affected patients in India, including those who have recovered, has reached 4,421 by Tuesday morning.

(With Agency Inputs)