World Health Organization (WHO) announces the winners of the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health

World Health Organization (WHO) announces the winners of the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health

Congratulations to Dr Harikrishna K. Ragavan, Head of Wound Care Unit at Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Editor-in-Chief of the soon to be launched Wounds AsiaJournal and the research team, Dr. Nazni Wasi Ahmad, Dr Lee Han Lim, Ms Teh Chien Huey, and Ms Suhana Othman, from the Medical Entomology Unit at the Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur for being awarded the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health for their significant contribution in researching and promoting Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT). The Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health rewards work that has extended beyond the call of normal duties and to those who have made an outstanding and significant contribution to public health. The award was presented by the President of the Seventy-first World Health Assembly (WHA) during a plenary meeting at the Palais des Nations, Geneva yesterday. Since 2003, the research team has developed and patented methods of sterilising the maggots of a local strain of the blowfly Lucilia cuprina and successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of using these sterile maggots to debride intractable diabetic and other wounds, without any untoward and undesirable side effects to the patients. The rate of limb amputation in these patients was also substantially reduced.