In view of the pandemic of COVID-19 and the need for enhancing COVID-19 testing capacity of the state of Kerala, the Principal Secretary, Dr. Rajan Khobragade IAS, Health, Family Welfare and AYUSH department, Government of Kerala gave directions to relocate the RTPCR machines available in our institution to COVID-19 testing centre in the state.
Dr. Mathew Stephan and Dr. Anil Kumar A K, faculty members of the department of Botany were trained in molecular biology techniques as part of their Ph.D. programs at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Kerala. Dr. Mathew Stephan has a Ph.D. in neurobiology and has technical knowledge of the RTPCR machines. Dr. Anil Kumar A K has practical knowledge and training in handling of infectious agents.
Based on the directions of the Smt.V Vigneswari, I A S Director of Collegiate education given on 29th March 2020, Dr. Mathew Stephan, Dr Anil Kumar A K of Government College for Women and Dr Mani Shankar Babu of University College Thiruvananthapuram helped the officials of Higher Education Department to prepare the database of RTPCR machines available in various institutions in the State. The team also spent a week to prepare a database of volunteer researchers, teachers and students who were ready to assist the COVID-19 testing labs in the state. The database of volunteers is being updated on a regular basis and has more than 150 entries till date.
The database identified eighteen RTPCR machines which are now relocated to the COVID-19 testing labs in the state to supplement and strengthen existing testing facility. The RTPCR machine available in the Post Graduate and Research Department of Botany was shifted to Government Medical College, Kottayam on 3rd April 2020.
Dr. Mathew StephaGovernment College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram
Dr. Anil Kumar AMGovernment College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram
Department of Psychology, GCW
- Teachers of the department are involved in tele-counseling for people in quarantine, general population and those who are facing psychological issues at the time of the pandemic. This service is being offered on individual level and also by being empanelled in the helpline established by the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists.
- Research scholars of the dept are working in a counseling helpline established by the organization Professional Psychologists of Kerala.
- Teachers were involved in translating psychoeducational materials related to mental health in the time of COVID 19 into Malayalam, especially a guideline document (Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations) issued by WHO.
- The Dept of Personnel and Training has announced the launch of a learning platform which offers online training for doctors , nurses,ncc,ircs etc to help fight the COVID 19 pandemic.
The iGOT platform is customized for the fight against this pandemic and provides a one step source to learn about critical area and update their knowledge and capacity.Lt.Dr.Asha.G ,ANO Of Govt.College for Women, Tvpm has completed a training program on the topic COVID 19 TRAINING FOR NCC CADETS .Also doing another one on the topic Management of COVID 19 cases.NCC Cadets of our college has also registered in iGOT DIKSHA and is also doing training to respond to the prevailing and emergent situations.Cadets have also made masks and distributed among the old age groups nearby to their houses.I too made handsanitizers and gave an awareness to my nearby houses.