Thiruvananthapuram: A small careless mistake may lead to considerable increase in the number of COVID-19 patients. If such a situation arises, there is no point in having best doctors, it would become impossible to provide treatment to everyone. Caution has to be exercised to avoid such a situation, opined Health Minister K K Shailaja.
Speaking to Mathrubhumi News, she added that many countries had to leave a large population at houses to die because their hospitals were overflowing. Mumbai and Chennai are moving in such a situation. Everyone should work together to not let that happen in Kerala.
She also said that Kerala has to increase testing since many people are returning to state from hotspots. 3000 new staff have been recruited and there is a limit to every possible step, she added.
Speaking of evacuation of stranded people abroad, minister said that if every expats return, all together the situation may worsen. Only those who are in urgent need are brought back. High caution has to be exercised in third phase. However, the decision on evacuating expats doesn’t fully vest with state government, Centre should take the ultimate decision, she said.
State government wants every Keralite outside to return safely to state. But it could be dangerous to those here. Hence what can be done is to strictly follow the instructions given by health department. The directions have been framed for the welfare of everyone. Also not everyone, who are settled outside need to return. Only those stranded people like students and pregnant women who need help are given priority in evacuation. Everyone should corporate with the government in this struggle against the invisible enemy, she stated.
“Until World health Organisation declares that coronavirus spread has come under control or till India becomes COVID-19 free, we need to continue the restrictions. All should follow the instructions. Only then we can save people. It is the strict guidelines and restrictions imposed that helped Kerala to minimise the deaths at 3,” minister further said.
However, we can’t always keep the society under lockdown. Economic activities also should be conducted. As monsoon is nearing, farming and agricultural activities should commence. Those areas under green zone can restart work ensuring all safety measures. Also intra-district travel is not restricted here, minister added.