NUMS Department of Public Health organized a workshop for BSPH students on Monkey pox Transmission and Prevention , held at National University of Medical Sciences, PWD campus on Wednesday, 8th June at 1100 Hrs.

Monkey pox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. With the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination, monkeypox has emerged as the most important orthopoxvirus for Public Health. Monkey pox primarily occurs in central and west Africa, often in proximity to tropical rainforests and has been increasingly appearing in urban areas. Animal hosts include a range of rodents and non-human primates. Monkey pox is a disease of global Public Health importance, as it not only affects countries in west and central Africa, but the rest of the world

The ceremony was moderated by Dr Hina Shan (Assistant Professor Public Health Department) and began with the recitation of Holy Quran. The workshop began with a pre –session survey to determine the knowledge of the participants regarding the subject. Dr Raima Asif (Assistant Professor Public Health) discussed basic Epidemiology of Monkey pox. Dr Hina Shan gave presentation on Ecology and one health, Clinical diagnosis & surveillance and Laboratory investigation & case management. Dr Tamkeen Jaffry (Associate Professor Public Health) deliberated infection prevention & control and outbreak management of the monkey pox among the students. The workshop was concluded by a post-session survey to get reflections on the usefulness of the workshop and to understand what went well and what needs improvement for future workshops of this kind.

The Head of Department Public Health Prof.Dr Uzma Hassan in her concluding remarks stressed on the importance of workshop for students as it provides insight into diverse topics and motivate students to explore new areas of interest. It is a great way to teach hands-on skills as it gives students an opportunity to try out new methods and explore new dimension of learning.

At the end, HoD distributed the Certificates among the facilitators and E-Certificates were given to the students. The HoD congratulated and appreciated her team of Department of Public Health; Dr Tamkeen Jaffry, Dr Hina Shan ,Dr Raima Asif and Ms. Rubab Zulfiqar on their hard work and commendable job. Prof. Dr Uzma Hassan also congratulated and appreciated all the participants for their active participation and engagement in the workshop.