#LockdownWarriors: While the universities are closed, these students are busy serving Kerala
It has been a few weeks since the Kerala campuses closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, that does not mean that all students are serving society by staying home. In these moments of fear, there are also those who provide various services to our society through activities such as grocery delivery and. Here are some young heroes.
‘I am a volunteer in ’
Kerala University, Karyavattom campus, Thiruvananthapuram
I have been a volunteer at the government Disha call center in Thycaud for two weeks. I leave my house in Vellanad around 9 a.m. on my bike and work from 10 a.m. at 5 p.m. We receive around 6,000 calls a day and initially, the only break was the time to disconnect a call. Now it has improved. My parents were worried at one point, but they still supported me. Although I do this, I am afraid for my father, who is a cardiac patient and has little immunity. To make sure I don't bring the virus, I have a disinfectant and extra clothes kept outside my house, so I only go into the house after bathing and make sure I don't have germs. At first, when I used to tell my parents not to approach me shortly after work, they were not comfortable, but now they understand.
I am part of a contact monitoring group
Device S (21)
SUT Academy of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram
I have been a volunteer at the District Medical Office since March 22. Initially I was part of the Covid-19 contact locator group and now I do contact surveillance. We call those under observation every day, check the symptoms and record it, to send a daily report to the government. 10 a.m. work at 8 p.m. daily in the office and work a little from home, if necessary. While it is definitely something that helps me better understand the processes as a medical student, my family had their concerns since my parents are over 50 and have heart disease and diabetes. In any case, the work is carried out taking all precautions to guarantee that the service is provided with conviction.
I give food and medicine
Vishnu Raj (21)
Bachelor of Microbiology and Biochemistry Senior Year
National College, Ambalathara
When my college seniors Shibin F R and Bismilla Khan started a free drop-off service for those in need called the Trivandrum Help around March 24 with the permission of the police, they also hooked some of us up. The 10 of us deliver medicines and groceries, we work from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., handling more than 100 orders. Yes, there are those who forget that ours is a service and call us to obtain meat products, yogurts and others, although our goal is to help those who really need it, such as people over 50, those with young children, the sick , etc. My family supports me a lot in my work. In addition, we deliver using masks, proper disinfectants, and wear a new pair of gloves for each delivery.
I manage a web portal to help merchants and customers
Akul Santhosh (22)
B Tech C S senior
Cochin University of Science and Technology
The Thiruvananthapuram district administration gave me the task of creating a stock availability web portal, http://sahayahastham.ddmatvpm.in, for the district to assist merchants and customers, over a week ago. In a day and a half, six college classmates and I finished creating the portal, and the district collector also posted a social media post about it on March 29. We now have around 130 volunteers to call stores for updates, and we are trying to make Sahayahastham a statewide service. Although I occasionally had to attend some meetings in the DMO office and in the media offices, most of us work from home.