COVID-19: Union Minister lambasts Kerala Health Minister

COVID-19: Union Minister lambasts Kerala Health Minister

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 14 (PTI): Union Minister V
Muraleedharan on Thursday alleged that Kerala Health Minister
K K Shailaja had failed in containing the spread of COVID-19
and had instead been busy getting herself on the cover page
of fashion magazines.
Muraleedharan told reporters here that the Left Democratic
Front (LDF) government had failed in fighting the pandemic
and wanted Chief Minister Vijayan to clarify who was
responsible for the failure.
“Kerala is now a state reportingthe most number of cases
in a single day. The Chief Minister and the Health Minister
have misled the people and worsened the situation. The
situation in five districts is worse,” Muraleedharan said.
The Union Minister further said if the credit for success
in COVID-19 prevention activities goes to the state
government, the Chief Minister should then clarify who was
responsible for the present situation.
“Is it his fault or that of the Health Minister?In her
hurry to be the face of fashion magazines, has the Health
Minister become unaware of the current situation?,” the Union
Minister asked.
“Thoughthe state had claimed to have flattened the curve
months ago, we had warned the government not to mislead the
people by giving them over-confidence”, he said adding a
propaganda had been spread across the worldsaying Kerala was
fighting the pandemic better.
“Many major media-houses have written articles praising
the Health Minister for her wondrous powers. But, now all of
them are silent. The Chief Minister and the Health Minister
should make it clear on what index they are repeating that
Kerala is number-one in fighting the pandemic,” Muraleedharan
said.
Also, he said the state government had worsened the
situation by opening cinema halls.
However, while speaking to PTI on January8, Shailaja had
said it was meaningless to say Kerala”s situation is worse.
She had said the state managed to maintain a low fatality
rate even as it was in a vulnerable position with high
population density, high number of old-age population and the
most number of diabetics.
“The rise in the number of cases is due to a robust
surveillance and reporting system. We managed to delay the
peak of the pandemic and upgraded the threshold of our health
system,” she had said.
“Our ultimate aim is to save the lives of the people and
reduce the mortality rate. Even with this high number of
cases, we managed to reduce the death rate,” Minister had
said.
With three more UK returnees to Kerala testing positive
for the new variant of COVID-19, nine persons have so far
been infected with the strain in the state.
The state on Thursday reported 5,490 COVID-19 cases while
4,337 have been cured of the infection, taking the total
caseload to 8,31,259 and recoveries to 7,61,154.
The active cases touched 66,503. PTI RRT
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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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