As the entire world is challenged by the Coronavirus pandemic in a manner that has no parallel ever in the history of mankind, its most recognized and highest level organisation, the United Nations, had invited KK Shailaja to speak on Kerala’s fight against Coronavirus outbreak.
Shailaja’s selection to the UN panel is a consequence of the widespread appreciation received by the Kerala State and its health minister in particular on the fight against the Coronavirus outbreak in the respective State in India. The southern State in India outperformed even the advanced countries in the West in containing the disease.
The UN event was organised to honour the women and men who risked their lives and health to deliver essential public services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja was honoured by the United Nations on June 23 by inviting her to make a presentation on the fight on the epidemic. It was part of the programme UN Public Service Day. Not only Shailaja was the only speaker invited from India, she was also the only person from the SAARC region.
A bold leader with scientific outlook
Shailaja has also been noticed for her take on religion and tradition as either obsolete or unimportant. She also has emphasized the method of science in fighting diseases of both body and society. She has taken a firm stand against ayurveda quacks that thrived in the State. She has very sternly warned those people who claimed that pseudo-medicines such as naturopathy and local/herbal treatment effective in curing illnesses like cancer. Her affirmed stand saw the controversial quacks who had been getting a lot of media attention go to silent hideouts since.
The Kerala minister presented the Kerala Model and experience at the virtual event held by the United Nations.
The event included an orchestral piece performed by the UN Orchestra and a video showcasing public servants in action developed from over 80 submissions received from public servants at national and local levels worldwide.
The main speakers at the live video event also include António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the General Assembly; HE Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia; Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organisation; Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Chin Young, Minister of Interior and Safety, Republic of Korea; Dr In-Jae Lee, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Safety, Republic of Korea; Jim Campbell, Director, Health Workforce Department WHO; Annette Kennedy, President of International Council of Nurses; and Rosa Pavenelli, General Secretary, Public Services International.