Giri Rajahram, a renowned Infectious Diseases Consultant and Head of the Department of Medicine at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, has a notable background in tropical medicine and infectious diseases.
As a graduate of the prestigious Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Giri acquired a comprehensive knowledge of tropical medicine and infectious diseases through the DTMH (2017) course, which equipped him with the skills necessary to make informed health policy decisions and advocate for his patients.
After completing his studies at LSTM, Giri collaborated with local and international institutions in Sabah to address regional epidemiological and clinical research in infectious diseases. One of the most significant outcomes from this partnership was the discovery that patients diagnosed with Plasmodium malariae in Sabah actually had zoonotic malaria Plasmodium knowlesi. This finding has significant implications for patient care. He was also the Principal Investigator in a randomised control trial that showed in patients with severe malaria caused by the monkey malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi (the most common cause of malaria in Malaysia), taking paracetamol regularly for 3 days may lead to improvements in patient's kidney function when subsequently tested.
Giri has fond memories of his time in Liverpool, including the city's charming and generous people, its passion for Liverpool Football Club, and its rich musical history, particularly the journey of the Beatles. He advises current and prospective students to embrace innovation, challenge themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones, and continuously seek new experiences while valuing the local communities' contextualised expertise and wisdom. In Giri's opinion, LSTM offers a one-of-a-kind, world-class education in a culturally rich and diverse city, making it an unparalleled opportunity for students.