GMIT staff began yesterday as contact tracing volunteers in a newly established Contact Tracing Centre in the Dublin Road (Galway) campus of the college, set up in partnership with the HSE. Work is also ongoing to operate another Contact Tracing Centre in the Mayo campus of GMIT in Castlebar.
Over 80 GMIT volunteers have been trained by HSE public health workers during the past two weeks to begin the work of both establishing the contacts of those who have tested positive for Covid-19 and to communicate with those contacts.
GMIT has also donated laboratory consumables and equipment to a number of hospitals.
Dr Seamus Lennon, Acting Assistant Registrar, GMIT and HSE Co-ordinator, says: “We were inundated with offers from GMIT staff members who wished to volunteer to work as contact tracers, and we have worked hard to establish the centre as soon as possible. This work will support the national effort in this time of crisis”.