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Centre should not consider COVID-19 vaccination as ‘profitable venture’: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja

Kerala Health Minister said that the Left would have nationalised healthcare and education if it was in power at the Centre.

April 30, 2021 / 10:26 AM IST
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has been lauded globally for her

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has been lauded globally for her "test, trace, and isolate” method, which helped the state contain the spread of coronavirus. She won the United Nations award on September 24 for "outstanding contribution" towards the non-communicable diseases-related sustainable development goals. Shailaja has also been crowned the winner of the World’s Top 50 Thinkers List 2020 by the UK-based Prospect Magazine.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has said the Central government should have control over healthcare so that everyone - poor or rich - gets equitable treatment.

“The ideology of the present government at the Centre is capitalist. But, functioning even within the capitalist policy, they should try to improve the public healthcare system," Shailaja told BusinessLine.

Kerala has sufficient production of oxygen, but there are issues of supply, she also told the publication.

Shailaja also commented on the Centre's vaccination policy, stating that there was no assurance on Kerala's demands such as availability of doses.