United Nations honours KK Shailaja for efforts to fight pandemic

The United Nations gave recognition to the achievement of the state in fighting  Covid-19 on its Public Service Day, celebrated on June 23. 

Published: 24th June 2020 06:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2020 11:52 AM   |  A+A-

K K Shailja attending a panel discussion hosted by the UN

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The United Nations gave recognition to the achievement of the state in fighting  Covid-19 on its Public Service Day, celebrated on June 23. Health Minister KK Shailaja was the lone speaker from the country to speak about the strategies adopted by the state.

At the webinar streamed on UN Web TV, she shared her views along with the Secretary- General of the United Nations António Guterres; President of the  General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; Minister of Interior and Safety, Republic of Korea Chin Young;  Director General, World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; President of Ethiopia  Sahle-Work Zewde and senior officers of the UN. The event was organised to honour leaders who have done commendable work in the fight against Covid-19.

The moderator, Odette Ramsingh, who is executive director of Sefako  Makgatho Health Sciences University, hailed Shailaja for low mortality rates in the state due to early intervention. She mentioned the title   ‘Corona slayer’ as used by some of the international media to invite the health minister for the talk. The health minister spoke about how the experience in containing Nipah outbreak in 2018 and floods helped the state prepare and fight Covid-19 at the beginning itself.

“By drawing strengths on the decentralised public health delivery systems in the state, we activated our entire surveillance network the very next day of WHO’s statement of caution on a respiratory virus of pandemic potential,” said Shailaja.

According to her the focus was set on minimising the spread and mortality. She said the state managed to   contain local spread. She explained the three strategies adopted  - “Trace, Quarantine, Test, Isolate and Treat”, “Break the Chain” and “Reverse Quarantine.”

India Matters


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp