Vaccination together with strict adherence to Covid protocols only can avert 3rd wave: Experts

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

New Delhi, 14th July 2021:
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the apex trade association of the country, organized another edition of the webinar series on ‘Illness to Wellness’ campaign themed around Vaccination For Victory: "Role of Corporate in Boosting Vaccination Drive".
ASSOCHAM organized this webinar with multipronged strategies and objectives to cascade mass awareness and disseminate knowledge & wisdom by deliberating on vital concerns about Covid–19 vaccine and primarily to focus on contributions of Corporate India to accelerate the vaccination drive pace in current scenario.
The ASSOCHAM webinar was addressed by government officials, top doctors and corporate leaders which included: Dr. Sunil Gupta, Additional Director General, Directorate General of Health Services, (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI; Prof. (Dr.) Rajinder K. Dhamija, Head of Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital, New Delhi; Ms. Dhanya Rajeswaran, Senior Director, Human Resources, LUMEN Technologies - India and APAC Regions; Mr. George Thomas, Executive Director, ESAF Small Finance Bank; Dr. Prashant Kulshrestha, Deputy Medical Superintendent, PSRI Hospital, New Delhi, and Dr. Hema Divakar, CEO, Asian Research and Training Institute for Skill Transfer (ARTIST) and Medical Director, Divakar’s Specialty Hospital, Bengaluru.

ASSOCHAM’s Illness To Wellness flagship campaign running under CSR initiatives supported by SAVLON, aims at promoting healthy living with a keen focus on wellness and preventive health through healthy habits, diet, exercise, and holistic health.
Addressing the ASSOCHAM webinar, Dr Gupta said, “A strong partnership between industry, government and hospitals is the need of the hour to accelerate vaccination procurement and distribution.”
Ms Rajeswaran in her address highlighted how corporate India could play a significant role in enabling and supporting the vaccination drive. Sharing steps taken by her company she said, “We are helping create convenient initiatives and activities which accelerate the vaccination journey through conducting vaccination camps for our staff and ensuring that employees can re-imburse vaccination costs for themselves and their families We also share stories and experiences around vaccination with employees, to encourage it amongst everyone.”
Mr. Thomas too noted how health and well-being of staff and customers is of grave importance to any organisation. “Being banker by profession we deal with customers daily. To ensure the safety of our customers as well as ourselves, we proactively encouraged our staff and created an environment of urgency to complete vaccination. With the help of State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) and senior staff in each region we ensured vaccination for everyone. ESAF Staff Welfare Trust organised camps and provided emotional support to those who affected with Covid by lending professional counselling.”
Dr Kulshrestha assured that PSRI Hospital is committed to remain engaged in the world's largest vaccination drive through its outreach to corporate partners and communities within 7-10 km periphery by using IEC tools in both conventional way as well as by use of advance integrative tech. “Let us take a pledge to hold our heads high even when it comes to keep looking into eyes of Coronavirus while living with it”.
Prof. (Dr.) Dhamija noted that vaccination is highly significant and is perhaps the only way out to protect and come out of this pandemic crisis. “Normally, it takes a decade time to produce vaccine against any virus. However, this is ‘highly commendable’ and ‘remarkably outstanding’ contributions of medical scientists across the globe to invent this effective medicine only in 300 days.”
Echoing WHO’s observations, he said that despite vaccination affordability, accessibility and availability being there, the hesitancy substantially delayed the whole process.
Dr Divakar who also moderated the session reiterated that vaccination is indeed the only way forward for victory and will help us to combat the third wave.
ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920. It was established by promoter Chambers, representing all regions of India. Having in its fold over 400 Chambers and Trade Associations and serving over 4.5 lakh members across India. ASSOCHAM has emerged as the fountainhead of Knowledge for Indian industry, which is all set to redefine the dynamics of growth and development in the Knowledge Based Economy. More information available on
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