In Kerala, the state in India, there was an early spurt in COVID 19 cases and by the end of March 2020, it got aggressively affected.
Kerala Health Minister K.K Shailaja continuous efforts to flatten the curve was appreciated by everyone and she was honoured by UN in June 2020. Every year United Nations celebrates world public service day on June 23rd to honour and pay respect to public servants to reward the excellent work.
On Twitter, many described her as the “pride of Kerala”.
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Kerala’s lion share of income comes from remittances and there is a constant flow of international travellers. The state health system has managed to contain a disaster that even WHO has called state’s handling of this outbreak a “success story”.
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While when countries were not taking stringent steps to control the movement, she made sure to do that very early. The seriousness of government was appreciated as members were increased on task forces to curb the spread. Call centres were set up, medical students and staff were called in whose job was to call everyday everyone self-isolating to make sure they do so as well to assess their physical and mental health. Moreover, for every active case, 100 or more associated people were quarantined (contact tracing).
Kerala has a literacy rate of 94% which is highest in India. Even though densely populated, it is comparatively better off with best health care system. Also, Kerala’s unparalleled containment strategies are worth replicating even though other states have their own set of guidelines and responses.