Articles about KK Shailaja

KK Shailaja is an Indian politician who serves as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing Mattanur constituency in the 15th Kerala Legislative Assembly. She has formerly served as the Health Minister of Kerala and hails from the Kannur district. Shailaja is also serving as the Central Committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), as of 2021. She was born on November 20, 1956, in Kerala and completed her education at Pazhassi Raja N.S.S. College and Visvesvarayya College. After graduating, she worked as a high school physics teacher at Shivapuram High School. In 2004, she retired after serving for seven years and joined politics as a full-time career. Shailaja has been widely appreciated for her leadership during the Nipah and COVID-19 outbreaks. She had formed a team to enable faster diagnosis of the deadly viruses. She also received international recognition for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in Kerala. In 2020, Shailaja was named as one of the world’s most influential women by Financial Times. The United Nations honored her in June 2020 for her efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Shailaja also received the Central European University Open Society Prize.

Kerala: Nursing officer admits coronavirus patient died of negligence, suspended

20 Oct 2020

India
Kerala: Nursing officer admits coronavirus patient died of negligence, suspended

Kerala, once hailed for handling the coronavirus pandemic well, has been jolted after two alleged lapses on the part of the healthcare workers came to the fore.

Kerala: Massive landslide kills five, at least 80 feared trapped

07 Aug 2020

India
Kerala: Massive landslide kills five, at least 80 feared trapped

Nearly 80 tea estate workers are feared to be trapped after a massive landslide was triggered by heavy torrential rains in Kerala on Friday. Five people have reportedly died.

Coronavirus: How Kerala is 'flattening the curve'

16 Apr 2020

India
Coronavirus: How Kerala is 'flattening the curve'

Kerala was notably the first Indian state to report a case of coronavirus infection and remained one of the worst-hit regions in the early stages of the outbreak.

Kerala: Elderly couple, aged 93 and 88, recovers from coronavirus

31 Mar 2020

India
Kerala: Elderly couple, aged 93 and 88, recovers from coronavirus

In a heartening turn of events, an elderly couple, aged 93 and 88, have recovered from the deadly COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja informed.

Coronavirus: Kerala in shutdown mode, health-emergency declared in four districts

11 Mar 2020

India
Coronavirus: Kerala in shutdown mode, health-emergency declared in four districts

With 14 people testing positive for coronavirus in Kerala, the state government has declared a health emergency in four districts and imposed several restrictions.

Kerala detects 5 new coronavirus cases; national tally at 39

08 Mar 2020

India
Kerala detects 5 new coronavirus cases; national tally at 39

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Sunday reported five more positive cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Punjab: Suspected coronavirus patient refuses isolation ward, cops step in

05 Feb 2020

India
Punjab: Suspected coronavirus patient refuses isolation ward, cops step in

Amid the deadly coronavirus scare, a suspected patient in Punjab refused to get admitted to the isolation ward, prompting hospital authorities to seek police's help.

Coronavirus outbreak: Third case in 5-days, Kerala declares state calamity

04 Feb 2020

India
Coronavirus outbreak: Third case in 5-days, Kerala declares state calamity

After a third person tested positive for the coronavirus, Kerala declared epidemic as a "state calamity" on Monday.

Third person tests positive for coronavirus in Kerala; patient stable

03 Feb 2020

India
Third person tests positive for coronavirus in Kerala; patient stable

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday confirmed that a third person has tested positive for novel coronavirus in the state.

Kerala's first transwoman journalist makes debut with Chandrayaan-2 report

03 Sep 2019

India
Kerala's first transwoman journalist makes debut with Chandrayaan-2 report

As the Vikram lander separated from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on Monday, a 22-year-old journalist from Kerala, Heidi Saadiya, delivered a live report on the moon mission, making history as she did.

Kerala: Nipah virus strikes again, infects 23-year-old student

04 Jun 2019

India
Kerala: Nipah virus strikes again, infects 23-year-old student

A 23-year-old male student has been infected by the deadly Nipah virus, the health department of Kerala government confirmed on Tuesday.

West Nile virus takes life of a 7-year-old in Kozhikode

18 Mar 2019

India
West Nile virus takes life of a 7-year-old in Kozhikode

A seven-year-old boy, Mohamad Shan, who was tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) last week, died today morning.

Kerala: 9 deaths confirmed, 37 more suspected from 'rat fever'

04 Sep 2018

India
Kerala: 9 deaths confirmed, 37 more suspected from 'rat fever'

Since August 15, nine people have been killed by leptospirosis or rat fever in the flood-ravaged state of Kerala. Among them, five were relief workers.

#KeralaFloods: No outbreak of communicable disease reported, says Nadda

22 Aug 2018

India
#KeralaFloods: No outbreak of communicable disease reported, says Nadda

Union Health Minister JP Nadda yesterday said no outbreak of communicable disease has been reported from the flood-ravaged districts of Kerala so far.

Kerala floods: 90% of rescue operations completed

20 Aug 2018

India
Kerala floods: 90% of rescue operations completed

In what can be seen as a silver lining in an otherwise bleak situation, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced a while back that 90% of rescue operations in the state had been completed.

#NipahOutbreak: Re-opening of Kozhikode schools, colleges postponed to June 12

02 Jun 2018

India
#NipahOutbreak: Re-opening of Kozhikode schools, colleges postponed to June 12

Kerala Government has decided to postpone the re-opening of educational institutions in Kozhikode district to June 12, besides deferring all examinations, except those conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

Kerala: 39-year-old woman under observation for Nipah virus dies

02 Jun 2018

India
Kerala: 39-year-old woman under observation for Nipah virus dies

A 39-year-old woman, who was under observation for Nipah virus symptoms, has died today.

Kerala nurse attending to Nipah-patients dies, death toll reaches 10

22 May 2018

India
Kerala nurse attending to Nipah-patients dies, death toll reaches 10

A nurse taking care of Nipah-infected patients at Perambra Taluk Hospital in Kozhikode has succumbed to the virus, taking the death toll in Kerala to 10 until yesterday.

Nipah virus: Kerala on high alert after 11 deaths

21 May 2018

India
Nipah virus: Kerala on high alert after 11 deaths

The Kerala health department has been put on high alert in the wake of 11 deaths due to "Nipah" virus. The first incident was reported in Kozhikode district where three members of a family died.

Kerala: Panic grips locals after unknown-virus kills three in family

20 May 2018

India
Kerala: Panic grips locals after unknown-virus kills three in family

Three deaths in a family in Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala, after an unknown virus infected them, has frightened locals.

Kerala: Govt doctors end indefinite strike; out-patient time extended

17 Apr 2018

India
Kerala: Govt doctors end indefinite strike; out-patient time extended

Government doctors in Kerala, who were on an indefinite strike since April 13 to protest against the extension of out-patient (OP) time in government hospitals, withdrew their stir on Monday night after discussions with state Health Minister KK Shylaja.

According to Kerala teacher, jeans wearing women reproduce transgender kids

04 Apr 2018

India
According to Kerala teacher, jeans wearing women reproduce transgender kids

Another day, another fight with sexism. A teacher from Kerala has given the most mind-boggling reason behind the birth of transgender kids.

Kerala CM visits lynched tribal's home; gives assurance of strict-action

03 Mar 2018

India
Kerala CM visits lynched tribal's home; gives assurance of strict-action

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday visited the home of the tribal man, who was lynched in Kerala's Attapady last month for allegedly stealing food articles, and assured his family that stringent action would be taken against the accused.