NEWS KERALA COVID SHAILAJA
KOCHI: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja Teacher, interviewed by BBC World, expressed confidence that the state’s drive against Covid-19 will remain a success. “The last four years we are trying very hard to strengthen the primary health centres,” which was one of the reasons why the Corona cases could be handled well at spread could be controlled, Shailaja told BBC.
“Are you worried that when trains start moving, the virus could spread to a state like Kerala,” she was asked.
Notably, Shailaja never gave public display to the firmness with which she handles the medical sector workforce. She has also been an effective campaigner for the CPIM in assembly and other polls in the state, moving from home to home and sitting with the womenfolk to press a point or two.
The Chief Minister, who is holding the Home portfolio directly controls the police and he is also directly handles collectors, though the revenue department belongs to the CPI. With these two major power centres in his hands, coordinated activities in Covid control were easy to implement.
HELP TO THE POOR
Two matters in which the Pinarayi Vijayan government concentrated in its last four years were in improving facilities in government hospitals and strengtheing the government school education sector, both with an eye on reaching out to the ordinary families in the state. The government has also strengthened the public distribution system, and BPL families are showered with lots of free food materials, including the generous rice allocations from the Modi government at the Centre. The government’s big plans on infra development front have not materialized much on the ground, though. —IHN-NN