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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 99-101

Kerala's response to COVID-19


CEO, Health Systems Transformation Platform, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajeev Sadanandan
Health Systems Transformation Platform, New Delhi - 110 070
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_459_20

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The response of Kerala state to COVID-19, led by the health department, was nested in larger social mobilization. Kerala has developed a strong government health system. Learning from managing the Nipah outbreaks, Kerala took effective prevention measures early. Local governments, actively involved in public health in Kerala, played an active role in controlling the epidemic and in cushioning the impact on the poor. Transparency in information and willingness of the government to take the people into confidence has contributed to enhancing trust in the government. These strengths will stand Kerala in good stead as it prepares to manage the next wave of COVID-19 infections.


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