Lahore: Punjab University School of Biological Sciences (SBS), in sponsorship with Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), organized an international symposium on “Tuberculosis – Epidemiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics” in the auditorium of Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the inaugural ceremony while PAS Secretary Prof Kausar Abdullah Malik, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr M Ehsan Malik, School Director Prof Dr Muhammad Waheed Akhtar and renowned national and international researchers will also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the experts said last year TB caused one million causalities whereas only in Pakistan, 60,000 people died of this disease. As many as 165 people are dying every day. The experts urged the media and politicians to pay more attention to TB instead of dengue.
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, in his address, said the symposium would provide an opportunity to youth to learn a lot. He said Life Science was the most productive amongst all faculties of the varsity. He said commitment was required to get substantial results in academic field. He urged the students to promote study habits.
He said as many as 300 causalities were seen due to dengue but only in 2010, 60 thousand people were died of TB, therefore media should focus more on this side. He said all scientists made inventions when they were young therefore young students should focus on their studies and they could also make inventions because Pakistani youth was very talented, sharp minded and had great potential. He said hunger, diseases and backwardness would be our fate if we did not focus into the mysteries of universe.
Addressing the participants, Prof Kausar Abdullah Malik appreciated School of Biological Sciences and said this institute had organized various seminars and conferences on important topics. He said media was not paying attention to dangerous disease i.e. TB rather than its total focus was on dengue.
He also thanked VC Dr Mujahid Kamran for establishing Research Group to curb dengue on emergency basis and hoped that Dr Kamran would also take initiatives to cope with TB. Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik said he was greatly benefited by the much important symposium and hoped that the policy-makers would implement the recommendations to be made in the symposium.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Prof Dr M Waheed Akhtar highlighted the objectives of the symposium. He appealed to the media that there was dire need to pay attention to this disease as the alarming statistics in terms of causalities have been recorded and it is spreading fast. He said over one million deaths occurred in the world due to TB while there were only 60000 cases of mortality in Pakistan during the last year.
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