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Kerala Becomes A ‘Model State’ In The Fight Against Coronavirus: State Health Minister KK Shailaja Explains How

Kerala State Health Minister KK Shailaja talks about measures that have been taken in the past few months in the wake of a global pandemic – coronavirus 

Kerala Becomes A ‘Model State’ In The Fight Against Coronavirus: State Health Minister KK Shailaja Explains How
Highlights
  • Kerala has around 400 positive COVID-19 cases
  • As of April 22, the state has reported three deaths due to COVID-19
  • Kerala’s mortality rate is below 0.5% for coronavirus: Health Minister

New Delhi: On January 30, India’s first COVID-19 case was reported from Kerala. Then the number of cases rose steadily in the state, and it became a hotspot. By mid-March, the state was the second worst-hit state by COVID-19 after Maharashtra as per the state-wise data from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Today, two months later, half a dozen states are reporting more infections than Kerala. Moreover, the ‘Kerala Model’ is being talked around the country as a success story. As of April 22, the southern state has around 400 positive cases and has confirmed three deaths.  NDTV speaks to State Health Minister KK Shailaja to know more about the proactive measures that have benefitted the state in flattening the curve of coronavirus.

Health Minister KK Shailaja said,

What Kerala did differently at an early stage and which has now proved to be beneficial for the state is that we followed a strict quarantine rule of 28-days instead of 14-days for the high-risk cases. When the symptoms of the infection in the patients started doubling up that’s when we started sending them to hospitals and took swab testing for COVID-19 infection instead of sending them all together, as then the chances of spreading the virus would have been more.

A strict lockdown was announced by the state on March 23, one day before the nation-wide lockdown was announced, schools, colleges and all social gatherings were banned.

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Talking about the testing part and model the state has adopted, Health Minister KK Shailaja added,

We have, as of April 21, have sent more than 20,000 samples for testing for Coronavirus infection, of which, more than 19,000 have proved negative. Moreover, now, in the state, we are just not testing patients with travel history or who shows some kind of symptoms but also asymptomatic patients as well. Moreover, the state has set-up walk-in sample kiosk (Wisk) in some areas, which is the first of its kind in India, inspired by similar models deployed in South Korea, for mass collection of samples from people with symptoms for COVID-19. People can simply walk up to these booths and get throat swab test done. Apart from this to deal with the pandemic, throughout the state,  we have kept over 1.2 lakh beds ready to admit patients. Of these, about 5,000 are ICU beds with ventilators.

In terms of hospitalisation and infrastructure, the state built an exclusive COVID-19 Hospital at the Kasaragod Medical College. The hospital was also converted to a Corona Care Hospital in just four days, with 200 beds and 10 ICU beds. Apart from this, currently, the state has 38 Corona Care Centres functioning. Moreover, the state government has also recently decided to convert all its houseboats in Alappuzha into isolation wards for COVID-19.

Also Read: To Fights Coronavirus, Kerala To Convert Its Houseboats Into COVID-19 Isolation Wards In Alappuzha

The health minister also said that these steps have made Kerala somewhat lower the graph of coronavirus. She added,

Coronavirus mortality rate in Kerala is below 0.5% but in the world, it is more than 5%. In some places, it is even more than 10%. We are continuously working to make more and more people recover from this deadly virus.

Also Read: COVID-19 Cell Set Up In Kerala To Monitor Quarantine Compliance Through Interactive Voice Response
  

Not just these, in the wake of amid the nationwide lockdown, the state has decided to take other positive steps such as feeding the most vulnerable group so that no one stays hungry.

According to the government, the state is delivering free mid-day meals to the beneficiaries as the Anganwadi centres, schools and colleges across the state have been shut. Around 33,115 Anganwadi centres in Kerala, educating kids between the ages of 3 and 6, are delivering free mid-day meals to children at their homes, benefitting around 3.75 lakh Anganwadi kids.

The state government is also providing nutritional services to around 4.75 lakh children under 3 years of age, two lactating mothers and around 3 lakh pregnant women, reaching nearly 13.5 lakh people at home.

Along with this step, the government has also set up community kitchens across the state to cater to the weaker sections. The government is distributing 2.5 lakh to 2.8 lakh food packets every day

World

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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