The State of Kerala has won the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) award this year for their impeccable contribution towards control and prevention of non-communicable diseases, falling under sustainable goals. This prestigious award was announced by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General.
The UNIATF award “recognizes achievements during 2019 on multisectoral action in the prevention and control of NCDs, mental health and the wider NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The Health Minister of Kerala, KK Shailaja, congratulated all the people working on the frontline to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and highlighted that the award was a recognition of their undying spirit and hard work. She shared, “The state government has arranged facilities from the basic public health centres to hospitals at all levels to treat the lifestyle diseases…We were able to control the death rate during the COVID-19 period as we were able to focus on the NCDs.”
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While the news will instil pride in all of us Malayalis, it doesn’t mean that we have won the fight just yet. In the last 15 hours, Kerala’s single day COVID-19 cases soared to 6,324, the highest so far. This is the first the time State’s cases has crossed the 5000 mark. The situation isn’t improving. As per the Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, the state’s infection tally has touched 1,53,456 mark. Kozhikode has reported the highest number of cases; much of it was spread due to contact.
Now, that’s not good news!
Let us not be the reason of the spread of the coronavirus. Be cautious, and take all the precautionary measures if you are travelling. Stay safe, people!