Kerala's best covid immunity: Satisfied eminent health experts

Health 2021-09-01

newsteamz_Kerala's best covid immunity: Satisfied eminent health experts
  • Well-known health experts say that Covid prevention activities in Kerala are exemplary.

  • During the discussion, it was generally agreed that the preventive measures adopted by Kerala since the first day of the Covid epidemic were effective.

  • Experts said there was no need to worry about an increase in the number of patients and that the spread of the disease would soon be controlled as vaccination progressed well.

Well-known health experts say that Covid prevention activities in Kerala are exemplary. According to a press release issued by the Chief Minister's Office, Kerala was hailed by experts from abroad at an online meeting chaired by the Chief Minister to assess the situation in Kerala and provide guidance.

During the discussion, it was generally agreed that the preventive measures adopted by Kerala since the first day of the Covid epidemic were effective. Many pointed out that the Zero Prevention Survey conducted by ICMR found that Kerala was the least infected state. He also lauded the state for strengthening the health sector and reducing mortality.

Experts said there was no need to worry about an increase in the number of patients and that the spread of the disease would soon be controlled as vaccination progressed well. The low number of hospital admissions is an indication that the situation is not dangerous. Therefore, the meeting felt that discussions were needed to make the economic and social sectors of Kerala more active. There was a serious discussion regarding the opening of educational institutions. The meeting also discussed new ideas that can be adopted in testing and immunization to prevent the spread of Covid. She also opined that Kerala is the state in India that handles Covid data best.

The Chief Minister said that the discussion, which was full of constructive suggestions and various observations, would give a new direction to the Covid defense activities in the state. He added that the talks would continue with an emphasis on various areas related to the Covid crisis.

Dr. Bharat Pankania (Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School, UK); Dr. David Peters (Edgar Burman Chair in International Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA); Dr. Devi Sridhar (Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh); Ajay Mahal (Professor of Health Economics and Global Health Systems Research, University of Melbourne);. R. R. Dr. Gangakhedkar (Head Epidemiology - ICMR - Retired); Dr. Anurag Agarwal (Director - IGIB, CSIR, New Delhi), Dr. Jacob John (Retd. Professor of Clinical Virology - CMC Vellore); Dr. Sanjay Pujari, (Director and Chief Consultant - Institute of Infectious Diseases, Pune); Giridhar Babu, Dr. Shahid Jameel, Dr. Swaroop Sarkar, Murali Tummarukudy, Dr. Chandni, Dr. Anoop Warrier, Dr. Ashwathy S, Dr. Biju Soman, Dr. Rajalakshmi, Dr. Fazil Aboobacker and others participated in the discussion. Dr. B Iqbal moderated the discussion. Health Minister Veena George and Chief Secretary Dr. VP, Joy, Health Secretary Dr. Rajan Khobragade also addressed the meeting.

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