Summary of Findings

Responder characteristicFinding
Level of educationFairly good
Courses attended on nuclear medicine/radiologyOnly a few
Practical knowledgeNot good
Level of knowledge on decontaminationReasonably good
Level of knowledge on types of injuriesFairly good
Level of knowledge on self-contaminationSatisfactory
Experience levelNone
Confidence levelGood
Level of preparednessNot good
Risk assessmentNuclear disaster as most disastrous in nature
Knowledge about response agencies in PakistanGood
Main first responder agency in PakistanMilitary
Semistructured interviews
 NDMAMore emphasis on handling natural disasters
 Rescue 1122 Emergency ServiceEmphasis on conventional emergency services
 NHEPRNNot ready to handle health impact of nuclear disaster