The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant crisis the world has experienced in our lifetime. It has severely impacted millions of people and thousands of businesses.

I believe crises like these should bring out the best in us, and motivate us to step forward to play our part in the global battle against the COVID-19 threat.

As humanity grapples with this crisis, everyone is trying their best to deal with the situation. We need to learn from each other’s experiences.

Doctors & healthcare workers are risking their lives, working tirelessly to treat COVID-19-affected patients. The police, sanitation workers and those in essential services are contributing by diligently going about their jobs. We should take inspiration from them and take responsibility as individuals to do our bit. We need to take all precautionary measures including maintaining hand hygiene, and practicing social distancing, with utmost seriousness to tackle the spread of this disease.

I am playing a role by offering my expertise to the national and state level governments and getting actively involved in the national effort to build critical capacity for testing, hospital beds, ventilators etc to ensure that patients have access for early screenings and treatment. I am also chairing a committee constituted by the Indian government to work out the modalities required to scale up testing in collaboration with the private sector.

There is no doubt that each of us can play a role in combating COVID-19.

We are together in this fight against COVID-19 and will get through these challenging times together.

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