Could Indian Land Reformers Exemplary Pandemic Response Open The Way For Big Brother?
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu May 14 09:44:11 BST 2020
Could Indian Land Reformers Exemplary Pandemic
Response Open The Way For Big Brother?
A model response. But, like New Zealand, does
this not lock Kerala in to
Gates vaccine or bust
Big Brother digital ID, over a virus only about as deadly as a bad flu?
coronavirus slayer! How Keralas rock star health
minister helped save it from Covid-19
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), of which
she is a member, has been prominent in Keralas
governments since 1957, the year after her birth.
(It was part of the Communist Party of
until 1964, when it broke away.) Born into a
family of activists and freedom fighters her
grandmother campaigned against untouchability
she watched the so-called Kerala model be
assembled from the ground up; when we speak, this
is what she wants to talk about.
The foundations of the model are land reform
enacted via legislation that capped how much land
a family could own and increased land ownership
among tenant farmers a decentralised public
health system and investment in public education.
Every village has a primary health centre and
there are hospitals at each level of its
administration, as well as 10 medical colleges.
This is true of other states, too, says MP
Cariappa, a public health expert based in Pune,
Maharashtra state, but nowhere else are people so
invested in their primary health system. Kerala
highest life expectancy and
lowest infant mortality of any state in India; it
is also <https://kerala.gov.in/total-literacy>the
most literate state. With widespread access to
education, there is a definite understanding of
health being important to the wellbeing of people, says Cariappa.
Shailaja says: I heard about those struggles
the agricultural movement and the freedom fight
from my grandma. She was a very good
storyteller. Although emergency measures such as
the lockdown are the preserve of the national
government, each Indian state sets its own health
policy. If the Kerala model had not been in
place, she insists, her governments response to
Covid-19 would not have been possible.
test centre in ErnakulamKerala
A walk-in test centre in Ernakulam, Kerala. Photograph: Reuters
That said, the states primary health centres had
started to show signs of age. When Shailajas
party came to power in 2016, it undertook a
modernisation programme. One pre-pandemic
innovation was to create clinics and a registry
for respiratory disease a big problem in India.
That meant we could spot conversion to Covid-19
and look out for community transmission,
Shailaja says. It helped us very much.
When the outbreak started, each district was
asked to dedicate two hospitals to Covid-19,
while each medical college set aside 500 beds.
Separate entrances and exits were designated.
Diagnostic tests were in short supply, especially
after the disease reached wealthier western
countries, so they were reserved for patients
with symptoms and their close contacts, as well
as for random sampling of asymptomatic people and
those in the most exposed groups: health workers, police and volunteers.
Shailaja says a test in Kerala produces a result
within 48 hours. In the Gulf, as in the US and
UK all technologically fit countries they are
having to wait seven days, she says. What is
happening there? She doesnt want to judge, she
says, but she has been mystified by the large
death tolls in those countries: I think testing
is very important also quarantining and
hospital surveillance and people in those
countries are not getting that. She knows,
because Malayalis living in those countries have phoned her to say so.
Places of worship were closed under the rules of
in protests in
Indian states, but resistance has been noticeably
absent in Kerala in part, perhaps, because its
chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, consulted with
local faith leaders about the closures. Shailaja
says Keralas high literacy level is another
factor: People understand why they must stay at
home. You can explain it to them.
Snapshots of a world in lockdown: The crisis has crossed a new threshold
The Indian government plans to lift the lockdown
on 17 May (the date has been extended twice).
After that, she predicts, there will be a huge
influx of Malayalis to Kerala from the heavily
infected Gulf region. It will be a great
challenge, but we are preparing for it, she
says. There are plans A, B and C, with plan C
the worst-case scenario involving the
requisitioning of hotels, hostels and conference
centres to provide 165,000 beds. If they need
more than 5,000 ventilators, they will struggle
although more are on order but the real
limiting factor will be manpower, especially when
it comes to contact tracing. We are training up
schoolteachers, Shailaja says.
Once the second wave has passed if, indeed,
there is a second wave these teachers will
return to schools. She hopes to do the same,
eventually, because her ministerial term will
finish with the state elections a year from now.
Since she does not think the threat of Covid-19
will subside any time soon, what secret would she
like to pass on to her successor? She laughs her
infectious laugh, because the secret is no secret: Proper planning.
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