Kerala Health Minsiter, Shailaja, has been lauded by the United Nations for her efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the state.
For the unknow, Kerala in the initial days of coronavirus spread in India has come into the news for its effective model that helped it curb the virus spread in the state.
Noting the same, recently, she was honoured by the United Nations during the celebration of Public Service Day for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic effectively.
The UN observed Public Service Day on 23rd June to honour those who are risking their lives and health to deliver essential public services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In the blog shared by UN, it details the event and named the people who particapted in the virtual event. Besides Shailaja, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other top UN dignitaries also spoke at the event.
Speaking at the event, Shailaja, said that she had gained experience from tackling the Nipah outbreak and the two floods in 2018 and 2019 and used the same to tackle COVID-19.
“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,” she said.
The minister was also hailed by the international organisation for the state’s low COVID mortality rates.