The initiative of Microbiologists Society of India was followed by exemplary work done by microbiology students and teachers of Pombhurna in Chandrapur district and Washim. The movement spread in entire Maharashtra and Goa.
President of the Society Dr Sanjeev Patankar informed The Live Nagpur that colleges from Kolhapur, Nanded, Nagpur and other places have started seeking guidance for generating awareness about Covid 19 and vaccination. The students are also explaining to the people, particularly in rural areas, about side-effects of several medicines, including vitamin and zinc supplements.
Dr Patankar was a part of meeting with representatives of seven colleges under jurisdiction of Rashtrasant Tukadoji maharaj Nagpur University. The meeting was held on-line on Monday evening.
Besides carrying out awareness programme, the data collected is being compiled for further studies in the field of virology.
The Society is ready to extend all possible technical knowledge and details of research that can be conducted. Several colleges have started assigning subjects in this field for the project reports, a part of the curriculum.
The Live Nagpur news portal had taken initiative in reporting the issues for the first time in Nagpur region. Information provided by National President of the Society Dr Arvind Deshmukh and Dr Patankar helped in spreading awareness and also in motivating students and teachers. Similar efforts were done by National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers from many colleges. The information collected or to be collected by microbiology students will be greater importance, as they have technical know how of the virus.
Dr Patankar also informed that the colleges in Goa have also taken initiative in carrying out research in this field.
Dr Deshmukh has been spreading information by airing scientific videos on the subject.
The initiative by The Live Nagpur is being appreciated by readers from all walks of life.