Coronavirus: I told the Prime Minister that it hurts to see the doctors being beaten, says Hima Das
NEW DELHI: Hima das was one of the 49 leading Indian athletes who were invited to a video conference by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, to share her thoughts and hear her thoughts on India's fight against coronavirus pandemic.
Eminent sports personalities like Pullela Gopichand, Sourav Ganguly, PV Sindhu, Sachin Tendulkar, Viswanathan Anand, Bajrang Punia, Virat Kohli, Baichung Bhutia, Sardar Singh and Anju Bobby George were part of the video conference .
"We first of all thanked the Prime Minister for inviting us," said Hima in a video the sprinter shared with Timesofindia.com.
"He briefed us on the steps being taken by the government to fight the coronavirus pandemic, especially the work being done by the health department," Hima added.
Hima, who was the first Indian woman to win gold in the IAAF worlds (under the age of 20), said all the athletes spoke about what they are doing to raise awareness during the shutdown.
We also told the PM what we are doing around the lockdown and coronavirus situation, like how we are following the guidelines and what we are doing in our rooms or at home, said Hima, who shot to fame with her gold in the women's 400m at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in 2018.
Hima said she also raised the issue of healthcare workers being chased and manhandled by some people, who are not properly honouring the government-enforced lockdown.
Le dije al Prime Minister que duele ver a los trabajadores de la salud enfrentarse a la peor parte de las personas que no están siguiendo el cierre, agregó la estrella de la pista de 20 años.
Hima concluded by sharing that she suggested to the Prime Minister that even after the 21-day lockdown ends (on April 14), the same social distancing guidelines should continue to remain in place until the virus is completely eradicated.
I also shared that even after this 21-day blockade ends, we must follow all the rules until the virus is completely defeated, maintain social estrangement, and not leave houses unnecessarily. Hima said.