Top performing major state in health, environment and tourism: Kerala – States News

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Kerala’s world-class health infrastructure and environmental focus hold it in good stead

A welcome martial dance for cruise tourists in Kochi; (Photo: ANI)

Kerala continues to maintain a steady lead in its key sectors such as health, environment and tourism despite the challenges of Covid-19. The Left Democratic Front government led by Pinarayi Vijayan has devised strategies to provide the best medical care and social support during the pandemic. The state has the best health indicators with the lowest infant mortality rate among the major states at seven per 1,000 live births and a life expectancy of 75 years. Kerala has been steadily increasing its public health spending and improving the infrastructure of public hospitals since the introduction of the Aardram mission in 2016. It currently has four public hospitals for one lakh of inhabitants. “We are the best State vaccinated against Covid with 95.5% of the targeted population covered (over 18 years old); of these, 60.2 percent also received their second dose. We have also introduced the telemedicine consultation with superspecialized doctors and opened special clinics for post-Covid diseases, ”said Minister of Health Veena George.

Kerala continues to maintain a steady lead in its key sectors such as health, environment and tourism despite the challenges of Covid-19. The Left Democratic Front government led by Pinarayi Vijayan has devised strategies to provide the best medical care and social support during the pandemic. The state has the best health indicators with the lowest infant mortality rate among the major states at seven per 1,000 live births and a life expectancy of 75 years. Kerala has been steadily increasing its public health spending and improving the infrastructure of public hospitals since the introduction of the Aardram mission in 2016. It currently has four public hospitals for one lakh of inhabitants. “We are the best State vaccinated against Covid with 95.5% of the targeted population covered (over 18 years old); of these, 60.2 percent also received their second dose. We have also introduced the telemedicine consultation with superspecialized doctors and opened special clinics for post-Covid diseases, ”said Minister of Health Veena George.

Kerala tourism has suffered a major shock with the pandemic over the past year and a half. The “land of God” had maintained steady annual growth of 10% through 2019-2020 with 18.4 million domestic tourists and 1.2 million foreigners visiting the state that year. “We are developing strategies to attract domestic tourists. With a high number of vaccinations, the state is secure and ready to offer its best facilities now. We will continue to make our brand fly with initiatives more favorable to tourists, ”said Minister of Tourism Mohammed Riyas.

The mega-floods of 2018 and the unpredictable monsoons that followed made the state aware of the need to increase forest cover. The total area of ​​forests, including plantations, is estimated at 21,144 km², an increase of 4% in 2017-2019. “While increasing forest cover, we are also taking measures to keep the environment clean by monitoring air pollution and reducing carbon emissions,” said Forestry Minister AK Saseendran.

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