COVID-19: A lot can be learned from Kerala, says Telangana delegation
Thiruvananthapuram: As the first state in India where Covid-19 was reported, a lot can be learned from Kerala, said Telangana Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) additional Commissioner B. Santosh IAS.
“Despite three persons being tested positive for COVID-19, Kerala managed to prevent the virus from spreading. Preventive efforts are in full swing in Telangana. Although everybody is following the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the manner in which Kerala handled the outbreak is a lesson for everyone. That is why other states are following Kerala,” he said.
He added that a report will be submitted to the Telangana health minister.
The 12 member Telangana delegation had come to Kerala to witness Kerala’s success in COVID-19 prevention and understand the measures taken. The state government has arranged for a detailed two-day visit from the team. The Telangana delegation held discussions with Kerala Health Minister K. K. Shailaja on Friday.
K. K. Shailaja praised the manner in which the entire state especially the health authorities worked according to a plan to have so far been successful to contain the spread of COVID-19, despite three cases turning positive for the first time in the country.
"Requests have now come from Odisha, Delhi and Karnataka. We were able to do this because of the cooperation from all sectors and the hard work of the health authorities. Every aspect of the WHO guidelines was strictly adhered to and strict action was also taken against pranksters who played truant on social media," said Shailaja.
The visiting delegation had gone around health centres, hospital, airports to have a firsthand account of what steps Kerala took to fight COVID-19.
(With inputs from IANS)