Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja is one of the few people who were honoured by the UN for handling COVID19 better. They were honoured on Public Service Day.
The function, held on a virtual platform, saw the participation of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other top UN dignitaries who applauded all the leaders, including Shailaja, for effectively tackling COVID-19.
KK Shailaja revealed that the experience of handling Nipah virus and two floods came in handy while tackling the pandemic.
“Right from the time when COVID cases got reported in Wuhan, Kerala got into the track of the WHO and followed every standard operating protocols and international norms and hence, we have been able to keep the contact spread rate to below 12.5 percent and the mortality rate to 0.6 percent,” KK Shailaja said.
Shailaja explained the three strategies adopted by the state to tackle the pandemic included, “Trace, Quarantine, Test, Isolate and Treat”, “Break the Chain” and “Reverse Quarantine.”