On December 2, 2021, a dissemination workshop was conducted for two multicentric studies that were headed by the Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. This was carried out under the aegis of the WHO Unity Project in coordination with other institutes of the State and India, in relation to “Risk of transmission of COVID-19 by a confirmed index case among contacts living in the same households-A study in India” under the guidance of Dr. Aswathy S. and “Risk factors for SARS CoV2 infection among health care workers in India: A case-control study” under the guidance of Dr. Leyanna Susan George, later continued by Dr. Chitra Tomy. The session was conducted at Maitri Mandir with Dr. Thomas Mathew, Joint Director, Directorate of Medical Education, Govt. of Kerala as Guest of Honour and Dr. Mohammad Ahmad, National Professional Officer, WHO Country Office. Dr. Mini S., Dr. Anuja and Dr. Soumya of Community Medicine Department at Govt. Medical College, Trivandrum (co-PIs with Dr. Aswathy), Dr. Neethu Mohan and Dr. Charutha, who were Project and National coordinators of respective studies, also attended the meeting. PIs from 7 other states who assisted Dr. Leyanna and Dr. Chitra joined the meeting live by Zoom..The program started at 9:45 am after an initial prayer. Dr. K. N. Panicker, Emeritus Professor, welcomed all dignitaries and participants to the Program. Dr. Thomas Mathew, through his presidential address, congratulated Amrita for guiding two multicentric studies successfully and providing path-breaking findings related to Covid 19, which will help the Nation as well as State, in preparing policies for Covid 19 Prevention and Control. Dr. Mohammad thanked the entire team for completing the mammoth task successfully through collaborations at the inter-district and interstate levels, for over a year to provide the momentous reports.
After a short tea break, the PIs and other team members of both projects presented their results. The risk factors and significance were discussed. The workshop concluded with Dr. Teena Mary Joy thanking all delegates and participants with a presentation of memento to Dr. Mohammad.