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Under Attack for Spiking Covid Cases, Kerala Health Minister Calls it 'Campaign Against State'

Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that hospital and bed occupancy is very low despite high number of cases in the state.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that hospital and bed occupancy is very low despite high number of cases in the state.

Health Minister Veena George asserted that there has never been a case in Kerala where a person died due to lack of oxygen, beds, or ambulance.

Calling the “campaign against the state" unfortunate, Kerala health minister Veena George said that no one in the state had died without oxygen or without getting an ICU bed or hospital. She also hailed the “effective" plan and system of Kerala government to combat Covid-19.

“It’s quite unfortunate that there is such a campaign. In the state no one died without getting oxygen, or without getting an icu bed or hospital. Our defence system and our plan proved effective. Virologists and experts from different part of the country are saying that Kerala’s strategy is different and its quite effective. Our system and plan are effective," said the minister.

For three consecutive days, Kerala has reported over 22,000 Covid cases. The health minister said that the susceptibility is a major reason for the increase in cases. According to ICMR, zero prevalence survey shows about 57 per cent of the people are still susceptible to the virus. The minister added that the only way out of this is to vaccinate the people and the state has been requesting for more vaccines.

“Day before yesterday we did not have vaccine in many districts. We got nine lakh doses of vaccine last night. Today (Thursday) we administered 2.5 lakh dose. The vaccines are available only for tomorrow and day after tomorrow after that again we have no vaccine,” said the minister.

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She added that the situation is under control because occupancy of hospital beds, ICU beds is less than 50 percent. Veena George added that the state health secretary has not received any letter from union health secretary on “super-spreader events" noticed in state.

The minister also added that the numbers are high because they are testing the maximum numbers and are trying to identify every single positive case — reporting it and tracing all the primary, secondary and tertiary contacts. The next two to three weeks are crucial.

On the central teams visit to Kerala, the health minister said that they are welcome to the state. George said, “We are welcoming them. A couple of weeks back we had in our state another visit by central team. They expressed their satisfaction on all the defensive mechanism and the way we controlled the pandemic. They said they don’t have any worries about TPR, it was 10 or 11.”

The minister also said that they don’t think this is a third wave but are closely monitoring.

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first published:July 29, 2021, 22:47 IST