Our Staff Reporter GUJRAT - Spread of dengue like calamity bespeaks of our lack of civil society awareness. Dengue is thriving on due to our widespread unhygienic conditions of living. It can be combated more by spreading awareness than by treatment. Nawaz Sharif Medical College (NSMC) in concert with the Punjab Chief Ministers campaign against dengue, has been working hard to eliminate the menace. These ideas were expressed by a Columbia University Professor of Socio-medicine and Vice Chancellor University of Gujat (UoG) during a seminar on Awareness of Dengue Fever at the university. The seminar was opened by Dr Abid Nazeer whereas NSMC Principal Dr Nasir Aziz in his opening address, welcomed the guests and attributed dengue to our unhygienic living conditions. In his special lecture on the issue, Prof of Medicine at Jinnah hospital Lahore Dr Sardar Fakhar Imam opined that the present dengue attack with its focus mainly on Lahore was the severest attack known to the world. A successful campaign against it has countered the main thrust of the attack. Dengue is unfortunately resistant to all sorts of medicines and there is no vaccine available to counteract this disease. The only remedy available is precaution, and a secure lifestyle and elimination of dengue mosquito by spraying medicines in and around the cities. Probably it cannot be completely eliminated but it can be controlled and its devastation managed by concerted social actions. Dr Ashraf Majrooh a Professor of Allama Medical College declared that the best strategy to contain dengue was a widespread public campaign. By adjusting our lifestyle, dresses and using preventive medicines we can manage to ward off this malady. Gujrat EDO Health Dr Tahir Abbas Gondal narrated that it is because of an effective precautionary campaign that dengue has failed to set foot in Gujrat. These are only 22 cases of dengue to-date. But because of early awareness there has not been a single death in Gujrat. He gave the detail of dengue cases. Speaking on the occasion, NSMC Vice Principal Dr Tanveer Zia Qureshi asserted that an effective campaign launched by NSMC under the leadership of Vice Chancellor guaranteed safety to the denizens of the UoG. Doctors and teachers frequently cautioned the students in their talks. He thanked all the guests and announced that the NSMC will keep on playing a vanguard role in Chief Minister Campaign against dengue. Registrar M Akram Bhatti, Syed Khizar Zaman Mehdi, Dr Abid Basheer, Dr Abid Nazeer, Dr Tabassum Basheer, Dr Bilal, Dr Zahid participated in the seminar.