JUAAN Organized a Webinar on Handling COVID – 19

JUAAN organized a webinar on “Handling COVID-19: Facts, Understanding, and Ways Forward” on25thMay, 2020as its regular learning program “benkyokai”. The event held on zoom platform from19:00–20:30 hrs was attended by 257 participants,who were professionals from diverse sectors,fromwithin and outside JUAAN family.Nearly 200 participants were there until the end of theprogram.Dr. Basu Dev Pandey, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), Teku,and Dr. Sher Bahadur Pun, Virologist at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku sharedtheir experiences and viewpoints on handling COVID-19 pandemic. Both of them aremembers ofJUAAN family and contributing significantly from frontline to deal with COVID-19. The webinar wasfollowed by question and answer session, which was moderated by Dr. Isha Dhungana Shrestha.

Dr. Prem Prasad Paudel chaired the session and welcomed all the participants in the program. It was followed by a talk from Dr. Basu Dev Pandey who highlighted facts/figures related to COVID-19, (mis) understandings, governments initiatives and policies, and potential future pathways. Then, Dr. Pun shared his experience of working at the frontline to fight war against COVID-19 and highlighted transmission pathways of COVID-19 as well as key messages that people need to be aware of. The two presentations addressed the government’s policies, initiatives/efforts and scientific understanding on COVID-19. There was very good discussion on different aspects of Corona virus and COVID-19. About 100 questions as well as viewpoints were shared by the participants on handling COVID-19. Many important issues and questions regarding public health impact as well as clinical aspects were raised. Not only the impacts but also the planning and possible measures to be taken in future were discussed. Scientists, clinicians and experts of different fields had actively participated amidst the fear and anxiety of this pandemic. The presentation by the two experts in the field as well as discussion helped to enhance understanding of present national as well as global scenarios of handling COVID-19.