Union govt showcases ‘Kasaragod model’ to fight pandemic

The recovery model being used in Kerala’s Kasaragod, which had reported the third case of COVID-2019 in the country — a student airlifted from Wuhan — has been showcased by the Union health ministry as one of the success stories of the fight against the deadly virus in country.

The administration relied on aggressive testing, technology, foolproof contact tracing on the ground and an effective public awareness campaign on social distancing, said joint secretary Lav Agarwal at the Union Health Ministry’s daily COVID briefing.

Centre on Saturday singled out Kasaragod for special praise for handling of coronavirus outbreak in the district and detailed the effective implementation of various containment measures despite the various unique challenges it faced.

In Kasaragod, the state appointed a special officer to coordinate and monitor functioning of the District Administration and for effective coordination between line departments at the field and secretariat level.

cluster containment strategy.

“Out of 168 total Covid-19 cases in Kasargod, Kerala, 113 have already been cured; most importantly, due to proper clinical management, not even one infected person died. Remaining active cases, too, are being monitored well,” Agarwal said.

The Kerala’s northern district which saw its first case in early February, has so far reported 168 cases and no deaths. So far, 113 people have recovered.

All essentials were home-delivered.

The district, health ministry noted, was also not behind in social welfare initiatives to ensure poor and needy got free food and regular health checkups

All primary and secondary contacts of high risk cases —those aged 60 and above — were quarantined in isolation centres.

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