New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest crisis that the world is has faced since World War 1 and World War 2, noting that the pre and post COVID world will be different.

Addressing an online briefing at the silver jubilee of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, PM Modi thanked medical workers and said that our "heathcare workers are invincible".

"The virus may be an invisible enemy. But our warriors, medical workers are invincible. In the battle of Invisible vs Invincible, our medical workers are sure to win," PM Modi said.

"Had it not been for global pandemic, I would've loved to be with you all in Bengaluru to mark this day. At such a time, world is looking up to our doctors, nurses, medical staff and scientific community with hope and gratitude. The world seeks both 'care' and 'cure' from you," he added.

Lauding the corona warriors, the Prime Minister said that violence, abuse and rude behaviour against front-line workers is "not acceptable".

He termed the Ayushman Bharat as the "world's largest healthcare scheme" and said that it has benefitted one crore people in less than two years, adding that women and those staying in villages were among the major beneficiaries of it.

"The country has seen rapid progress in setting up 22 more AIIMS. Over the last five years, we have been able to add over 30,000 seats in MBBS and 15,000 seats in post-graduation," PM Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi also lauded the efforts of the Karnataka government, led by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, in handling the COVID-19 situation in the state.

He said that Rajiv Gandhi University is doing "wonderful" work in teaching as well as training on systems of medicine. "This is the age to think even bigger and do even better. I am confident the university will continue to scale new heights of excellence in the times to come," he said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma