bagged a United Nations award on Thursday for its “outstanding contribution” towards the non- Kerala communicable diseases-related sustainable development goals a day after Kerala Tourism’s internationally -acclaimed ‘Human by Nature’ campaign bagged the prestigious PATA Grand Award 2020.
The award for control of non-infectious diseases presented by the United Nations Inter Task Force (UNIATF) was announced by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Kerala has been selected for the United Nations Award for its continuous work for the control and prevention of non-infectious diseases. The award recognises achievements during 2019 on the multisectoral action in the prevention and control of NCDs, mental health and the wider NCD-related sustainable development goals (SDGs).
On being selected for the United Nations Award, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the award is an appreciation of Kerala’s untiring service in the health sector. While she also congratulated all the health workers for the achievement
Health Minister Shailaja said in a statement, “The state government has arranged facilities from the basic public health centres to hospitals at all levels to treat the lifestyle diseases,” Shailaja said in a statement. “We were able to control the death rate during the COVID-19 period as we were able to focus on the NCDs.”
This is the first time the state has been selected for this annual award. Kerala is one of the seven ministries of health worldwide. The state government release said that the award marks the victory of the disease control system in Kerala, and is the result of treatment and free services to a large section of the population.
“Also, the state-of-the-art lung disease control program, cancer treatment program and paralysis control program were also considered for the award,” the release further added.
Kerala off late was also in the global news as Kerala Tourism wrapped itself in glory as its internationally-acclaimed ‘Human by Nature’ campaign was chosen for prestigious PATA Grand Award 2020 for Marketing, giving a huge stimulus to the tourism industry in the state that is grappling with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PATA Grand Awards during a virtual presentation ceremony in Beijing. The online event was attended by Tourism Minister KadakampallySurendran, Tourism Secretary Rani George, Tourism Director P. Bala Kiran, PATA Chief Executive Officer Mario Hardy and Macao Government Tourism Office (MGT) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes.
Earlier this week, the Kerala government had ordered all its personnel to come to the offices. According to the government, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the functioning of the secretariat and other departments has been greatly affected. However, employees coming to the office must strictly follow the Kovid-19 protocol.
Orders in this regard were issued on Tuesday by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta. According to Mehta, due to the epidemic, the situation cannot wait indefinitely. Mehta said that the lockdown rules have severely affected the functioning of the Secretariat and other government offices. This order will also apply to state-owned public sector units.
The 7-day quarantine period has been reduced from 14 days to 7 days for people coming from other states and abroad in Kerala. People can get the Kovid-19 test done after a 7-day quarantine, and a later 7-day quarantine time will be optional when the report is negative, not mandatory. However, the 14-day quarantine period is designed according to the health protocol. Those who do not get tested have to be quarantined for 14 days.