Speakers at the National Conference on Forensic Medicine and Toxicology on Friday underlined the need for the establishment of DNA testing laboratories at district level to address criminal and legal issues at local level.

Addressing the inaugural session of the conference, University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad appreciated the efforts of the organizers and speakers and termed the presentations an outcome of high quality research on the subject.

The conference was organised by the UAF Department of Forensic Medicine PMC & eMed.

He pointed out that after marriage, about 70 percent of girls doctors disappeared from the profession thus a huge public investment goes unproductive as family and social barriers restrict them to go outside and serve the humanity. He lamented that urban and rural discrimination in attaining higher education in medical and engineering universities was the main hindrance. He said after getting excellent marks in matric examinations, the rural students were not provided with opportunities of quality education at public colleges of rural areas thus they do not earned good grades in Intermediate exams, keeping them away from universities. Dr Ahmed said there were 55,000 public schools in the province, educating 30 million kids and providing them with quality education in colleges would open new vistas of bright future in medical and engineering universities.

Prof SMH Goridi highlighted the effective use of biometric verification by applying various advanced methods of fingerprints, photographs, voice print, keyboard dynamics and 3-d facial to identify a particular individual. Dr Ahmad Saeed spoke on various aspects of the distribution between bruising and pseudo during forensic tests and performing autopsy. Dr Aris Rasheed Malik talked about significance of measuring foot length that displays a biological correlation between foot length and stature of an individual. Dr Qudsia Hassan said that the CT scan was the gold standard for age estimation. Dr Allah Rakha spoke on post-mortem genetic testing to know the causes of sudden and unexpected deaths. He asked for preserving the samples of the dead body for some longer time to reach the conclusions of the death. Dr Sibghat Hussnain said that people with learning disorder could be the more soft targets of the terrorists to use them as weapon owing to their some personality disorders.

A large number of participants from forensic medicine and toxicology departments of about 128 medical colleges across the country took part in the conference.

Besides Punjab Medical College Principal Dr Muhammad Ali Tarmizi, the organizing team consists of Dr Muhammad Saeed, Dr Ahmad Bilal, Dr Khurram Sohail Raja, Dr Humaira Arshad, Dr Altaf Pervaiz, Dr Muhammad Naeem and others.