KARACHI - Dean Science Faculty, Karachi University (KU), Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi has stressed the need for setting up diagnostic facilities in the public sector hospitals to handle with any untoward situation arising from the spread of swine flu (H1N1) in the country. Addressing a seminar on 'Swine flu a deadly disease organised by Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), Karachi University (KU) on Saturday evening at the centre, she said he airport authority is required to setup passengers investigation system at airports to inquire about the traveling and health details of the passengers to halt chances of spreading deadly disease. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi said there is dire need to give common people information about the deadly disease, while timely diagnosis of the disease is also essential. She said, The fatality of the disease can not be ignored but this is very important to know that in case of any untoward situation, whether our government, airport authorities, public hospitals, doctors, paramedical staff and laboratories personnel are ready to fight with deadly disease, which spread very fast. If they are not, this is our responsibility to do. Bio-safety measures are very important to avoid the spread of current pandemic viral infection. Prof Dr Nurul Kabir, a Bangladeshi scientist, of PCMD said that swine flu might hit any country in the world, as it has been found highly contagious and deadly disease. He stressed the need for developing coordination among the scientists, doctors and the government to deal with any unpleasant situation. Mass awareness programs about the fatality, nature, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the disease are essential, he added. Prof Kabir said that in 1918 swine flu, which was known as Spanish flu, killed up to 100 million people worldwide, that would be the highest casualty ever for a pandemic in the 6000 years of human history. Dr Rafiq Khanani of Dow University of Health Sciences said that the spontaneous mutation is quite common in this type of disease viruses. He said, The disease starts with flu-like symptoms that is, chills, fever, headache, malaise and muscle pain, while cough and fever are the most common symptoms. In more serious cases, influenza causes pneumonia, while pneumonia has been found in 60 percent of death due to swine flu. Some practices are highly recommended for prevention of the disease that includes use of face mask especially in hospitals and schools, frequent hand washing with soap, the virus can be killed by treatment with 0.5 percent bleach for 15 minutes, persons coming from affected area must be checked for flu-like symptoms, health tips should be provided for all people and influenza detection kits should be made available in many pathological labs. Prof Dr Aquil Ahmed, Dr Shajih Abbas and Dr Nazia Khursheed also spoke on the occasion. Postponed papers rescheduled Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced the new dates of postponed papers of Class XI & XII Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical and Commerce group. BIEK stated that the paper, postponed on April 30, 2009 due to violence in Karachi, will now be held on May 27, 2009 at the same time and examination centre. The papers of Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical scheduled for May 12 have been postponed due to announcement of government holiday and the same will now be held on May 28 at the same time and place. The commerce paper which was scheduled to be held on May 12 has been rescheduled and will be held on May 28 in second shift from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.