ISLAMABAD: A gardener at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) died and five others were taken to the hospital after being stung by honey bees on Thursday.

A university official said the gardeners had decided to get honey from a beehive on a tree outside the boundary wall when they were working in the botanical garden at the campus.

“All the gardeners tried to run and save themselves when the bees in the hive attacked but one of them fell down and was stung by a large number of bees. He was taken to the hospital but did not survive,” he said.

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram told Dawn the gardener had died due to an acute allergy.

“There are 300 types of honey bees and some can cause severe allergies. I think the gardener who died had a tendency for the allergy but all the gardeners were also not wearing protective clothing to protect them from injury or infection,” he said.

Dr Akram said there was also not first aid centre at AIOU and that bringing the gardeners to Pims had taken time.

“If he was given an adrenalin injection and some asteroid, the victim would definitely have survived,” he said, adding that he had offered to establish a first aid centre at the university when the AIOU VC had visited the hospital.

Talking to Dawn, AIOU VC Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui said the gardeners were working in the botanical garden when they were attacked by bees.

He said the university administration had arranged for sending the body home and provided his widow financial aid.

“We have also decided that one of the victim’s family members will be given a job at the university,” he said.

Published in Dawn, May 5th, 2017



Updated 20 May, 2022

TTP peace talks

ANOTHER attempt to sue for peace with the outlawed TTP is being made, again facilitated by the Afghan Taliban that...
20 May, 2022

Beyond the law

THE senior judiciary should take care not to overreach in its zeal to ‘fix’ issues it ideally need not worry...
20 May, 2022

Political musical chairs

YET another political crisis is brewing in Balochistan, where old rivals Jam Kamal Khan Alyani and Sardar Yar...
Updated 19 May, 2022

To be or not to be

The same decision taken weeks or months from now will have far more devastating consequences.
19 May, 2022

Impact on Punjab

THE Supreme Court judgement interpreting the issue of disqualification of parliamentarians under Article 63A of the...
19 May, 2022

Forest fires

THOUGH spot and forest fires have become a perennial phenomenon especially in peak summer, the recent blazes —...