UKZN ALUMNUS INVITED TO PRESENT STUDY TO WORLD LEADERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

UKZN ALUMNUS INVITED TO PRESENT STUDY TO WORLD LEADERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

UKZN graduate and public health consultant, Dr Nirvadha Singh, has been invited to share her pioneering study on the preparedness of KwaZulu-Natal hospitals to deal with mass disasters during the 2010 FIFA World Cup at an international health congress in Ethiopia in April.

The congress is the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) being held in association with the Ethiopian Public Health Association in Addis Ababa from 23 - 27 April.

Singh’s study titled: “Level of Hospitals’ Preparedness for a Mass Disaster during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer in the eThekwini District of KwaZulu-Natal,” assesses the state of hospital readiness, medical preparedness and emergency care in preparation for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup at 11 hospitals in the region.

Singh says because South Africa has been the only developing country to host the soccer world cup, there were no benchmarks on sports disaster management by any other developing countries for her to use in her study.

 

The results of the study indicate that although disaster plans and policies exist, there is still a need for resources to be directed toward skills training, attraction and retention of health care professionals, revitalisation of emergency and theatre areas and the commissioning of more isolation units. Singh is the first public health specialist in the world to have conducted such a study.

 

It is with pride that I share the news of the invite from the WFPHA. It will be a great privilege to carry the flag high for UKZN and of note is that world leaders and academics, including members of the World Health Organisation, will be there to listen to my presentation,’ said Singh.

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