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On The Frontlines: Dr Aalisha Sahukhan

She serves as a shining beacon of hope for many women, with a composed demeanour in even the most unsettling times.
23 Mar 2020 10:34
On The Frontlines: Dr Aalisha Sahukhan
Ministry of Health and Medical Services Head of Health Protection Dr Aalisha Sahukhan.

The work of a female medical professional, taking the lead in the fight against COVID-19, was acknowledged by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

She is Dr Aalisha Sahukhan, the Head of Health Protection at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Dr Sahukhan has been seen on the front lines during the measles epidemic, and once again as our nation battles COVID-19.

She serves as a shining beacon of hope for many women, with a composed demeanour in even the most unsettling times.

Her education and experience speak volumes of the work she continues to do, both in the field and academically.

Director of Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital, Dr Krupali Tappoo commended the work of Dr Sahukhan.

Dr Tappoo said that she was appropriately qualified in public health, and had done an amazing job.

“I commend Dr Aalisha Sahukhan on her great leadership and I am certain that we will get through COVID-19 together with the Fiji Centre for Disease Control and  Government,” Dr Tappoo said.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, acknowledged the work of Dr Sahukhan during the successful measles epidemic.

“We have a very intelligent team led by Dr Aalisha Sahukhan that had worked during the measles epidemic which everyone is aware of as being successful,”  Dr Waqainabete said.

Education

  • Emory University- Rollins School of Public Health
  • Master’s Degree, Public Health; Infectious Diseases
  • Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health
  • Graduate Certificate, Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Fiji School of Medicine
  • International School Suva

 

Experience

  • August 2018-Present: Head of Health Protection – Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services:
    • Leads the Communicable Disease, Environmental Health, and Health Emergencies & Climate Change programmes at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Fiji.
  • October 2017 – July 2018: National Advisor Communicable Diseases (Acting)- Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services:
    • Led the Communicable Disease Program at Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services
  • August 2015 – August 2017: Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Grantee, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia:
    • Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
  • January 2014 – August 2015: Senior Medical Officer (Acting)- Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control

 

Ministry of Health, Fiji:

  • January 2013 – January 2014: Pathology Resident: Colonial War Memorial Hospital
  • January 2012 – January 2013: Medical Officer: Ba Health Centre
  • January 2011 – January 2012: Medical Intern: Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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