A virologist of Punjab University Dengue Research Group (PUDRG) has predicted that dengue will not spread like an outbreak in Lahore and people need to take preventive measures to cope with dengue. In this connection, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran on Friday presided over a meeting of PUDRG at Al-Raazi Hall in which MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir, Registrar Prof. Dr. Amin Ather, Chairman Dengue Research Group Dr Saeed Akhter, Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Zakria Zakir, Secretary Environment Anwar Rashid and other experts participated in the meeting. Briefing the participants, PU Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology’s (CEMB) Associate Professor Dr. Idrees Khan said that like the previous year, his research showed that there would be no outbreak of dengue fever in Lahore as well as Rawalpindi and the situation was very positive this year.
He said that last year, CEMB received 500 samples from Rawalpindi out of which around half of the samples were tested positive. However, he said, Dengue fever was likely to spread in Multan and Rahim Yar Khan this year.
Lauding the research work of Dr. Idrees Khan, PU VC Dr. Mujahid Kamran said that in the beginning of 2013, Dr. Khan predicted that dengue fever would not spread like an outbreak in Lahore in 2013 and his forecast proved true.
MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir said that Punjab government was taking all-out measures to cope with dengue and enthusiastic community participation was required to prevent dengue fever. Congratulating PU VC Dr. Mujahid Kamran for taking initiative against dengue, he said that PU was the first institution which took this step and the PU VC was taking personal interest in fight against dengue. Dr Saeed Akhter said that Eid-ul-Fitar was falling in July and there was need to take preventive measures during the travel of people. Dr Aslam said that latest international researches were revealing latest information regarding dengue mosquito.