‘People would be lying dead in streets ‘Kerala health minister KK Shailalja has expressed wary over the dreadful COVID 19 situation to have faced by the state in the forthcoming days. The state would likely witness a dreadful spike in the number of COVID19 cases after 21 of this month when the final phase of unlock declared in the state. The state health minister warned off while inaugurating Rs 12 -crore development projects in Kalamassery Medical College, in Kochi Ernakulam district in Kerala, which is currently a COVID treatment center in the state.
Expressed satisfaction over Kerala’s COVID spreading curb sofar, KK Shailaja said ‘Kerala is ahead in its strong fight against COVID 19 and it succeeded in its fight in curbing the spreading of the deadly virus”. The minister’s alert over COVID came out at a period when the opposition parties lash at the COVID tackling measures in Kerala over the lower conduction of tests and poor implementation of guidelines. The Health Ministry and Home Ministry under the prerogative of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have been involved in a more or less apparent cold war over accusing each other. At one point in time, a move has been made by the chief minister to remove health workers from the duty of COVID 19 drive and bestow it on the police. The bid has been invited much public flak and the decision has been changed later. In this backdrop the words of the state health minister mark significance.
The Health Minister alerted people to take caution when the lockdown curbs relaxed in the state. The infected in the colonies would be increased. Kerala would face an acute shortage of ventilators. The ventilator shortage could not be managed if the pandemic would be spreading among the old aged. Even currently, Kerala faces a shortage of ventilators, said the minister. The health minister said the next coming days will be dreadful and more dangerous than the days that are passing. What we have faced is a risky situation, and have to be highly prepared to address the next and final phase of ‘unlock’ in Kerala, the minister said. Everybody must prepare both mentally and physically to face the forthcoming situation that probably the worst one.
The Health minister cautioned the MLAs to be vigilant over forthcoming dreadful situation . She called on public representatives to take alert over the drastic spreading of COVID and to ensure preparedness to face the situation. the asked the legislative members to take caution on spreading the pandemic to the slums. Steps should be taken to reach the COVID19 infected at the hospital soon.
Comparing the COVID 19 situation in Kerala with that of Karnataka and TamilNadu, the minister said the situation in the state is far improved with reduced death rate and increased recovery rate. She said If the situation in Kerala would have been like that of neighboring Karnataka and TamilNadu, the death rate would have crossed 10,000 in the state, the minister pointed out by quoting the experts. She said a joint effort that has launched by co-ordinating all sections resulted in saving lives in our state from the deadly pandemic. She has admired the people in Kerala for the efforts they have made in curbing COVID spreading without any political bias.
Kerala health minister warned off the terrible situation of people lying dead in the street, a situation that had been faced by Italy and China at the early stage of coronavirus outbreak. A nation like Italy had to face such a situation what would be the condition of Kerala, a small thick populated state, where the health care industry is not developed. At the beginning stage of the outbreak of the corona, when lockdown declared in the state, and Karnataka closed the Kerala border near Kasaragod, many people died owing to the lack of quality treatment. Due to the lack of well standard hospitals in Kasargode district, the people have either to depend on neighboring Karnataka hospitals or nearby hospitals in nearby district Kannur in the northern end of Kerala. The situation has triggered widescale political discussion over the lackof of quality health care institutions in Kerala.