The minister stated the purpose of Back to Basics marketing campaign is to coach the general public concerning the significance of following Covid-19 associated protocols and decreasing illness transmission.

ANI, Thiruvananthapuram

PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 12:09 AM IST

Kerala’s Covid-19 administration technique saved numerous lives because it delayed the height of the epidemic and gave time to enhance the well being care system of the state, stated Health Minister KK Shailaja on Saturday.

The minister launched the Health Department’s ‘Back to Basics’ marketing campaign on Saturday right here, a yr after the primary Covid case was reported in Kerala on January 30, 2020.

Talking concerning the marketing campaign she stated the purpose of Back to Basics is to coach the general public concerning the significance of following Covid-19 associated protocols and decreasing illness transmission.

“It’s been a year since we have been struggling with Covid-19. But we can say we’re in a safe position. There’s a bit of increase in cases in Kerala but the mortality rate is 0.4 per cent. We’re still following the strict ‘trace, isolate and treat’ strategy,” she stated.

Shailaja stated Kerala can say it saved extra lives at a lesser price, by following a ‘excellent’ technique from the beginning stage itself.

“We can say we saved more lives at a lesser cost. When the Covid-19 patients came from other hot spots during the lifting of the lockdown, it was very different to trace the patients, but we continued doing that. I think we have succeeded in limiting the spread of the virus. The peak occurred in Kerala later even though the pandemic occurred in Kerala first. We tried to delay the peak by applying the ‘trace, isolate and treat strategy and also break the chain,” she added.

The Health Minister stated that the delayed peak of pandemic gave time to the state to enhance the well being care system.

“During that period we were able to strengthen our health care system, and because of that we never saw the full occupancy of our ventilators. Our ICUs were also occupied below 50 per cent during this time. Our hospitals were never flooded with patients because of our planning. We mobilised more human resources to fight against the pandemic,” she acknowledged.

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