K.K. Shailaja, Kerala’s minister for health, social justice and women and child development was the guest at ThePrint’s latest ‘Off The Cuff’ digital event. Shailaja, more popularly known as Shailaja Teacher, has been lauded for her handling of the Covid-19 crisis, keeping Kerala’s recovery rate high and mortality rate low.
In conversation with Shekhar Gupta, Shailaja talked about how Kerala’s early preparedness took the state a long way in curbing the spread of the virus in its first two phases. She anticipates that the third phase, which will come as the lockdown is lifted, will be more challenging. Though the centre and state are working cooperatively to fight the virus, Shailaja said Kerala was in need of more funds. She also added, on the use of HCQ, that Kerala was laying more emphasis on protective gear and equipment, and that the drug cannot be assumed “good” for prophylaxis since there are differing studies on the matter.