Relaxations may increase COVID-19 mortality rate in Kerala, warns K. K. Shailaja
Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister K. K. Shailaja said that the introduction of further relaxations may increase the coronavirus mortality rate in Kerala.
She stated that Kerala has put up a strong fight against the pandemic and that this strong foundation must be maintained. The Health Minister warned that the coming days will be even more challenging.
Shailaja was speaking after inaugurating the development programmes at Ernakulam Medical College via online.
Shailaja urged public representatives to take special care to prevent the spread of the virus in colonies. She said that Kerala was facing a shortage of ventilators and added that if more elderly people are affected by the virus, it would lead to a situation where the state does not have enough ventilators.
“Kerala’s health sector is much better than that of other states. Kerala prevented COVID-19 very well in the first two stages. The number of coronavirus fatalities is over 8,000 in Karnataka and is over 7,000 in Tamil Nadu. According to this statistic, Kerala should have had over 10,000 fatalities. But it remains below 500,” she said.
Most of the COVID-19 victims in Kerala were suffering from other serious health problems. Over 90 percent of them were above 60-years-old, she added. The Health Minister urged the public not to show complacency in virus prevention activities.