Public health capacity building workshop at AMU


Aligarh : Medical and dental students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) enhanced their knowledge and skills in ‘Emerging Healthcare Leaders for Emergencies’ (EHLE), a public health capacity building workshop of the Medical Students’ Association of India (MSAI) on ‘Health Emergencies’ at the Dr Z A Dental College (ZADC), Faculty of Medicine.

Encouraging MSAI to conduct more such programmes, Prof Rakesh Bhargava (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) said, “We have learned from the Covid crisis that we need to go further to better prepare and respond to tomorrow’s health emergencies. There is a need to strengthen epidemic preparedness and response, particularly in areas with less developed health resources and infrastructure”.

“We need to scale up preparedness and response to disease outbreaks and increase laboratory capacities for safe, reliable and timely testing for epidemics and pandemics. Young health workers must train for health emergencies”, said Prof Neha Agrawal (Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry).

In an interactive session with the participants, Dr Nafis Faizi (Department of Community Medicine) pressed for developing expertise in designing interactive training programmes and self-learning modules to enhance skills of frontline health workers and professionals in emergency preparedness, readiness and response.

The resource persons, Dr Arham Khan (J N Medical College-JNMC AMU), Dr Hazique Jameel (JNMC), Hamza Ansari (JNMC) and Pankhuri Sharma (Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi) and Prachi Patel (Lady Hardinge Medical College) trained over 40 medical and dental students in the domains of advocacy, leadership, communication, conflict management, bioterrorism, activity designing, health emergencies management, Anti-Microbial Resistance, mental health and other areas.