Kerala’s proactive reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic was made conceivable as a result of the solid establishment set somewhere around the Kerala Model of Development also. Directly from the first communist government in 1957, social mobilizations by Left and progressive associations and the reactions to them by the state governments now and again, have made an additional people – focused and responsive majority rules system in the state. This, thusly, has fortified open interests in health and education, making ready for Kerala to accomplish social records that are at standard with the most developed countries on the planet.
The Kerala Model weaves in a rights-based methodology in the formative and government assistance activities embraced by the state. This methodology has been maintained in the state’s battle against COVID-19, as well.
COVID-19 shows itself not just as a health crisis, yet in addition as a financial emergency. The way that Kerala declared a far reaching COVID-19 monetary help bundle of Rs. 20,000 crore on March 19, much before reporting a lockdown on March 23, is an unmistakable marker that directly from its onset, Kerala has been tending to the two sides of this test. It was a far reaching measure which accommodated welfare annuities, ration and basic supplies, interest free credits, salary through the rural job guarantee schemes MGNREGS, relaxation in taxes and pay of utilities and a healthcare package.
Indeed, even amidst this pandemic, the state government’s methodology was rights-based and individuals focused. This guaranteed the overall population, including migrant laborers, was dealt with. What’s more, since they were guaranteed of the help because of them well ahead of time, they didn’t need to come out of their homes looking for help, or damage lockdown conventions for their survival It is this blend of arrangement ahead of time and doling out of relief measures that encouraged Kerala to continue with its healthcare intercessions in an issue free way.
Kerala’s emphasis on general wellbeing began directly from the times of the EMS Namboodiripad-drove Left government of 1957–1959. The methodology was clear in those days, to give general wellbeing administrations to all, with no distinction based on money related capacity or societal position. Likewise, present day offices and administrations were to be set up in District Hospitals, Local Fund Dispensaries were to be taken over by the government and research was to be led on transferable illnesses in order to take up preventive measures.
Thusly, to guarantee general wellbeing all around, logical and network intercessions were depended on in healthcare, undertaking mass crusades for immunization, etc. Measures of general wellbeing were step by step raised through centered intercessions directly from the low base, at the degree of Primary Health Centers or PHCs.
In spite of progression, Kerala’s general wellbeing part has stayed hearty on the grounds that, when health was looked to be made a ‘trade in services’ under the World Trade Organization’s GAT or General Agreement on Trade and Services, Kerala immovably opposed it.
The Left and progressive movements in the state took a harsh remain against it, saying that general health services can’t be changed into a profit-making sector for private entities. General health services ought to be available to the whole society, as a right; this was the view that was advanced by Kerala’s progressive sections when that debate was raging.
Remaining consistent with that convention, the current Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has additionally significantly put resources into the general health frameworks in Kerala, especially through the Aardram Mission, planned for making government hospitals human inviting. It has improved infrastructural offices and services in government hospitals and health focuses.
PHCs have been moved up to Family Health Centers with the goal that way of life sicknesses and third gen medical issues can be tended to. Super-specialty treatment – for heart and kidney ailments – is presently accessible at District and Taluka Hospitals. Special treatment is given to handling second and third world medical issues and lifestyle diseases.