Karnataka Health Minister takes cue from Kerala for Covid-19 fight

South India

The Karnataka government is trying to emulate the model developed by Kerala in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar Reddy held a video conference with the Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja on Monday and discussed the measures she took in tackling the coronavirus spread in the state.

According to news agency ANI, the ministers discussed in detail the protocols for testing, quarantine and treatment for Covid-19 that are being followed by both states.

Karnataka reported 10 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases to 858.  The state has lost 31 people to the virus. A total of 422 persons have been discharged after recovery.

Kerala, on the other hand, has tackled the coronavirus crisis better than most other states in the country. There are only 19 active cases in the state at present while 489 people have recovered. The death toll in the state is 4, according to data published by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Shailaja has won widespread praise for the swift and efficient way she had steered her department in tackling the spread of the coronavirus after the first case was reported in January. As soon as the virus started spreading from Wuhan, the state government set up mechanisms for identifying possibly infected persons, and then for testing, mitigation, and treatment. On January 26, 2020, her department set up a control room to coordinate the work.

The health department set up 18 committees to get to work and held daily evening meetings to evaluate their actions. The state has tested the highest number of samples for the coronavirus in India so far. In order to "break the chain," the government has been conducting rigorous "contact tracing," or studying whom the infected person has been in contact with and then whom that person has been in contact with so that the entire chain of possibly infected people can be informed and put into isolation.

Local government officials and ASHA health workers (women who are the pillar of local public health) are doing the groundwork of finding people who are infected and making sure their contacts are also in isolation.

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