Former WHO health expert SS Lal on Wednesday asked the Pinarayi Vijayan government to accept the mistakes committed in tackling the Covid pandemic and to take the corrective path now.
The Covid situation in Kerala, despite observing strict protocols, continues to be grim as it has the highest number of daily cases and active cases and also has a sizeable number of deaths.
Lal, a Congress candidate who lost the April 6 Assembly polls, is also an acclaimed health professional. On Wednesday, he said the Covid pandemic, which has been raging since January last year, has caught many governments napping.
"To make a mistake is natural, but Kerala government behaves as if they have not erred and that is the biggest mistake and the need of the hour is to take corrective steps," said Lal.
"What's baffling is the advisors to the government with regards to handling the pandemic appear to have gone haywire and one reason why this has happened is the real health experts who should be taken into confidence are not being consulted and advice is taken from those who have no clue. This is landing the government into trouble," added Lal.
He said initially the government blamed the returning diaspora.