Dharavi reports decline in COVID-19 cases with Kerala model prevention
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government model of COVID-19 prevention was implemented at Dharavi in Mumbai. It is reported that COVID-19 cases decreased in Dharavi after implementing the Kerala model COVID-19 preventive measures.
Health Minister KK Shailaja and expert committee chairman Dr B Iqbal pointed out the fact while addressing the COVID-19 review meet on Sunday. They also appreciated the preventive measures carried out by the health workers and others in Kerala.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister did not mention about Kerala model COVID-19 prevention in Dharavi.
Earlier, Kerala’ s action plan to contain COVID-19 outbreak during the first two phases was widely appreciated and made headlines on national media.
Amidst opposition’s allegations against the LDF government over eyeing political gains with COVID-19 prevention, Dharavi proved that Kerala is following an effective model in preventing the pandemic spread.
On March 18, a team led by Maharashtra Health minister Rajesh Bhayya Toppe approached KK Shailaja seeking the preventive measures of COVID-19. Following this, she described the protocol and preventive measures followed here and encouraged the northern state to adopt it.
Establishment and operation of special quarantine centres, clinics and community kitchen were also discussed with them, health minister pointed out while addressing the COIV-19 meeting.
At the same time, the expert committee chairman repeated that though the world countries are studying the Kerala model, we should pay attention to other successful COVID-19 preventive measures in other states.
In the first phase, the COVID-19 outbreak in Dharavi was recorded as 12 percent. After adopting Kerala model prevention, the authority in Dharavi housed patients and people with symptoms at schools and auditoriums. They also executed the community kitchen to serve food to the quarantined people. Following this, the spread of the COVID-19 declined to one percent in Dharavi.
Dr Iqbal pointed out that break the chain campaign and social distancing were turned effective in controlling community spread of the disease in Kerala.
The team from Maharashtra also studied on home quarantine and reverse quarantine for pregnant women, aged, patients under treatment for various diseases, differently-abled and so on.
A clear idea on operation of hospitals, research, preventive systems, training of staff, motivation campaign for employees and safety measures followed in Kerala was given to the Maharashtra team, added Dr Iqbal.