Dengue is down, this year too

Published April 9, 2015
“Out of the 50 samples received in the laboratories of PU Centre for Excellence in Molecular Biology, not a single one was found positive,” said Dr Khan. — Reuters/file
“Out of the 50 samples received in the laboratories of PU Centre for Excellence in Molecular Biology, not a single one was found positive,” said Dr Khan. — Reuters/file
PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Chairman Dengue Research Group Dr Saeed Akhter, Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi and Ms Mubaraka sitting on stage during an awareness seminar regarding dengue at Al-Raazi Hall. — INP
PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Chairman Dengue Research Group Dr Saeed Akhter, Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi and Ms Mubaraka sitting on stage during an awareness seminar regarding dengue at Al-Raazi Hall. — INP

LAHORE: A virologist of the Punjab University (PU), Dr Idrees Khan, sees no danger of a dengue fever outbreak this year too despite an increase in breeding of mosquitoes.

“Out of the 50 samples received in the laboratories of PU Centre for Excellence in Molecular Biology, not a single one was found positive,” said Dr Khan at a seminar on dengue awareness and preventive measures by the PU Dengue Research Group (DRG) at Al Raazi Hall on Wednesday.

“Last year, the World Health Organization and SIMS (Services Institute of Medical Sciences) had sent five samples of suspected dengue patients, but no sample was found positive,” Dr Khan said.

“The PU team had intimated the Punjab government last year in time which took steps accordingly to avoid the outbreak. This year too there is no likelihood of dengue

outbreak.”

DRG Chairman Prof Dr Saeed Akhter gave a presentation about dengue prevention measures and said that offices and house environment should particularly be kept dry. He also commended efforts by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to control dengue fever.

PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran appealed to the media to report the detection of dengue larvae after verification.

“All the larvae of mosquitoes do not belong to Aedis Ageptie and media should not create panic and play responsible role in this regard,” he said.

PU Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Department of Zoology Chairman Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, Chief Minister’s monitoring force head Mubaraka, Deputy District Officer (health) Dr Muhammad Iqbal and others also attended the seminar.

THESIS SHOW: A degree show of MFA Visual Arts students of the Punjab University College of Art and Design began here on Wednesday.

A total of 26 students showcased their works in the disciplines of painting, sculpture and graphic arts.

The show with variety of techniques, media and keen skillfulness of the students in their selected majors, has attracted a large number of artists, art lovers and critics visited the show that willcontinue till April 14.

The thesis display of the graphic design department will begin on April 13 and continue till April 17.

Published in Dawn, April 9th, 2015

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