IBM and Holy Family Hospital Hosted Disaster Management Workshop

IBM and Holy Family Hospital recently arranged a train-the-trainer workshop on ‘Review of Services for Disaster Management’.

Arranged for front line health workers and aid providers, from organizations including Rescue 1122 and The National Special Education Centre, the session covered lectures on Over view of Disasters –

  • Past Experience & Lessons Learnt by Prof. Asif Zafar Malik, FRCS, FCPS, Professor & Head of Department of Surgery, Rawalpindi, Medical College and Director Telemedicine & e Health TRAINING center, Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi;
  • Psychological support for adult survivors of Disaster by Dr Sadia Rafiq, Clinical consultant IBM;
  • Blood Transfusion Services in Major Disasters: Myth & Reality by Prof. Tahira Zafar, MRCPath( London), FRCPath( UK), Professor of Haematology, Islam Medical College, Sialkot and Chairperson, Pakistan Haemophilia Welfare Society, Rawalpindi;
  • Psychological Support in Major Disasters by Prof.Fareed Aslam Minhas, FCPS, MRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi Medical College;
  • Psychological Support for child survivors of disaster by Dr Taimur Khalil Sheikh, Medical officer Paeds department, Holy Family hospital.

DSC_4158DSC_4173DSC_4162DSC_4154The session was followed by a Visit to Telemedicine & eHealth Training Center and an Overview of Role of Telemedicine in Disasters was given along with demonstrations of live Teleconsultations with remote districts of Attock by Prof. Asif Zafar Malik and Dr. Sadia Rafiq.

Attock Telemedicine center is most advanced Telemedicine center in the country and Telemedicine capabilities of this center have been enhanced by Pakistan Telemedicine project – a Public private partnership of IBM, US State department, Wateen Telecom and Holy family hospital.

Dr. Tahira Zafar greatly appreciated IBM’s initiative of creating awareness among emergency health care providers and various NGOs to prepare them for disaster management. ‘This will,’ she said, ‘create a major impact on care of people involved in disaster management in the future.’ She recommended that such awareness programs should be carried out regularly throughout the country.

Free copies of the manuals: ‘Psychological support for survivors of disaster’ and ‘Helping child survivors of disaster’ were distributed by IBM at the event.

These manuals are meant for use by medical personnel, social and health workers, teachers and volunteers. Anybody interested in requesting these copies can write in to ibm_pakistan [at] ibm.com