Mangaluru: St Agnes College Youth Red Cross Unit (Autonomous) Hosts Online Covid Webinar

Press release

Mangaluru, May 19: The Department of Microbiology in association with the Red Cross Youth Unit, Collège Sainte-Agnès (Autonomous), here, organized an e-webinar on the YouTube platform entitled “All about COVID – Facts and fictions” on Wednesday May 19 at 6 p.m.

The organizing committee was composed of Vidya Patali, head and head of the microbiology department, Prajwal Rao, co-organizer and assistant professor, microbiology department and program manager, Youth Red Cross Unit and Dr Leesha Sharon, secretary organizer and assistant professor, Department of Microbiology Collège Sainte-Agnès.

The program began with a prayer led by Flany Nikitha Martis, final year microbiology student, followed by a message from St Agnes College Director Sr Dr M Venessa AC, on the current situation, the fear and the need for the webinar. .

The resource person for the session was Dr Shrikala Baliga, Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru.

She enlightened the participants on the different aspects of the Covid. The general picture of the Covid pandemic around the world has been posted along with statistics on the number of cases and deaths in India. The pathogenesis of the disease was explained in layman’s terms which included the mode of transmission, the sequence of disease events and the symptoms. The presentation also included a note on the role of immunity during infection. Various guidelines and the need for a positive attitude required for a Covid positive individual were also highlighted and emphasized. She also gave information on the importance of using masks, disinfectants, social distancing and vaccination.

The conference ended at 7:05 p.m., followed by an interactive session, during which the doctor clarified all questions, including the availability and use of vaccines.

The session was very enriching and educational as it was presented in lay language with all the key points needed. The session received an overwhelming response with over 2,600 participants attending the session giving very encouraging positive feedback.

The program was led and moderated by Dr Leesha Sharon. Seementheni Fernandes, Assistant Professor and Gurucharan, Laboratory Assistant, Computer Applications Department, provided technical assistance in organizing the webinar.

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