COVID-19: Kollam woman turns a public health hero in Canada
Dr Vidya Sunil who is in charge of COVID-19 preventive measures at Ontario in Canada was recognized for her service. Ontario Public Health Association selected her as a public health hero.
Dr Vidya is the daughter of late Kumar Kini and Vijayalakshmi from Kairali Nagar in Kollam.
Dr Vidya who researches on diseases transmitted from animals to human beings has been working at the Ontario Public Health Department for 14 years. After completing studies at Kollam Vimala Hridaya School and SN Women’s College, she graduated in veterinary science from Mannuthy veterinary college.
After graduation, she did her post-graduation in public health in Canada. She also completed field epidemiology training at National Public Health Agency in Canada.
Vidya and her team have been engaged in issuing guidelines for public health after collecting the data through research on epidemics.
“70 per cent animal to human transmission diseases are transmitted from wild animals. The scientific experts also assume that pandemic like COVID-19 was also transmitted from such animals,” opined Dr Vidya.
“The dedication of Kerala health department to counter the coronavirus should be appreciated. Break the Chain campaign, community kitchen and efforts under Kudumbashree are role models for others,” she added.
She also noted that Kerala should have a platform to carry out various researches in health sector in view of COVID-19 and Nipah virus infection.
Research on health of human beings, animal health and environmental sustainability should be carried out in Kerala, noted Dr Vidya.
“Social distancing, self-observation and personal hygiene are the strong weapons against COVID-19. Data management plays a major role in realizing the spread of the disease and community transmission. Accurate data should be recorded and transparency should be maintained while communicating. If you can prevent one case, you will be preventing 32 cases for the next 16 days. It is called heroism. If you can practice it successfully, each citizen who is contributing to it will be a hero,” said Dr Vidya.