Guyanese professor Prem Misir writes book on COVID-19 pandemic


Making yet another contribution to the literary world, Guyanese author and professor Dr. Prem Misir has written a new book titled, “COVID-19 and Health System Segregation in the US.”

Published by the award-winning Springer Publishing Company, Dr. Misir’s new book, with five topical chapters, centers around health disparities in the healthcare system in America.

In the book’s preface, the Guyanese Professor explained: “Shortly after my Christmas/New Year vacation in 2019/2020, I returned to the USA, only to be greeted with COVID-19.

“Since the prognosis on the duration of this pandemic was emphatically pointing towards a long haul, along with the expiration of my contract at The University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands, I made a conscious decision to author a book on COVID-19 during this period. I spent 2020 and a few months into 2021 fully focused on making this book proposal a reality, a book that addresses racial health disparities in the US segregated health-care system,” he said.

Dr. Prem Misir

The book focuses on the segregated US health system and uses epidemiological evidence to assess the link; includes statistics on health disparities of COVID-19 by race/ethnicity in a single volume and also offers takeaways for social, economic and legislative policy makers, health system leaders, and clinicians.

Prem Misir, PhD, is Former Vice-Chancellor, The University of Fiji; Former Pro Vice- Chancellor, Solomon Islands Campus and Professor and Head, School of Public Health, The University of the South Pacific. He was also the former Pro- Chancellor of the University of Guyana.

In addition to journal articles, he is the author of 11 books, the most recent being: HIV/AIDS and Adolescents: South Pacific and Caribbean, Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019; The Subaltern Indian Woman: Domination and Social Degradation, Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; and HIV & AIDS: Knowledge and Stigma in Guyana, University of the West Indies Press, 2013.

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