This Article is From Jun 24, 2020

Kerala Health Minister Joins UN Panel Talk On Covid On Public Service Day

KK Shailaja honoured by the United Nations for her work on COVID-19. On Twitter, many congratulated her today.

Kerala Health Minister Joins UN Panel Talk On Covid On Public Service Day

KK Shailaja, Kerala Health Minister honoured by the United Nations

New Delhi:

KK Shailaja, the Health Minister of Kerala, was invited by the United Nations to participate in a panel discussion on World Public Service Day 2020, for her efforts to fight coronavirus  in her state. Kerala's strategy of aggressive testing, contact tracing and quarantining helped slow the spread of the deadly virus in the state after an early spurt in cases, according to experts, and Minister KK Shailaja was even consulted by states like Maharashtra.

The UN invited Ms Shailaja to speak at a panel discussion on COVID-19. 

On Twitter, many described KK Shailaja as the "pride of Kerala".

The first COVID-19 case was detected in Kerala on January 31. The patient was a person who had arrived from Wuhan, the coronavirus epicenter of the world. By March, Kerala and Maharashtra had the maximum COVID-19 cases. 

"What Kerala did differently at an early stage and which proved to be beneficial for the state is that we followed a strict quarantine rule of 28-days instead of 14-days for the high-risk cases. When the symptoms of the infection in the patients started doubling up that's when we started sending them to hospitals and took swab testing for COVID-19 infection instead of sending them all together, as then the chances of spreading the virus would have been more," Ms Shailaja told NDTV in April.

The Health Minister keeps in touch with the health workers through video calls.

The United Nations, every year on June 23, observes the world public service day to appreciate and pay respect to public servants across the world. The UN had started a recognition programme - the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) in 2003, to reward the excellent work done by public servants.