K. K. Shailaja

K. K. Shailaja

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K. K. Shailaja Profile

  • Name:
  • K. K. Shailaja
  • Born:
  • November 20, 1956
  • Spouse:
  • K. Bhaskaran

K. K. Shailaja Biography

K. K. Shailaja, popularly called Shailaja teacher is a politician from the southern state of Kerala. Associated with LDF, she currently serves as the health minister of Kerala since 2016. As a health minister she came to limelight for the first time after the state effectively controlled the outbreak of Nipah Virus in 2018. She spot to national stardom after her performance as health minister was lauded across the nation, for effectively controlling Corona Virus outbreak in Kerala. In fact Kerala was the first Indian state to report this epidemic and was leading the tally of affected cases alongside Maharashtra, for nearly a month before total number of daily reported cases reduced significantly.


Shailaja was born on 20 November 1956 to K. Kundan and K. K. Shantha in Kannur. Koothuparamba is her hometown. She is married to K. Bhaskaran since 19 April 1981, and has two kids. Affiliated to CPI (M) she joined KLA for the first time in 1996 when she was elected from her hometown at the age of 40. Since then she is fully involved with state politics. Initially she represented Central Committee Member, Janadhipathya Mahila Association State Secretary before she turned an MLA.


In 2006 state assembly elections she got elected from Peravoor constituency. In 2016 she got elected from Kuthuparamba (State Assembly constituency), and joined state cabinet for the first time. She assumed power as health minister of Kerala and still holding the power. As a minister she is known for effective control of Nipah and coronavirus outbreaks. She also set up a team for the easy diagnosis of the deadly virus attacks. Her efforts have been reported in media across India and many other countries too.


Published: April 30, 2020

Updated: April 30, 2020

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