International moot stresses efforts to control diseases

MULTAN-The researchers and scientists at an international conference on Wednesday recommended to the government the establishment of microbiological labs at district level and imposition of ban on sale of antibiotic medicines without doctor’s prescription.
They also demanded the government evolve policy for promoting natural and herbal products sector. The recommendations came at the concluding session of 11th International Biannual Conference for Public Health, Food, Pharma and Agriculture jointly organised by Institute of Food Science and Nutrition BZU and Pakistan Society for Microbiology here on Wednesday. Scientists and researchers from across the world including US attended the conference and presented their research papers.
The scientists also pointed out that epidemic of Hepatitis B and C needed large scale and mandatory vaccination of patients, adding that genomic approaches be promoted in agriculture, food, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
Addressing the concluding session, Vice Chancellor (VC) Tahir Ameen has said that a comprehensive strategy was needed to create awareness among the masses on disease prevention. He added that the country could boost development budget if less spending was made as health budget by controlling disease outbreak.
The VC noted, “We need to adopt healthy habits like daily exercise, balanced diet and a good living style to produce a healthy nation. We could prevent diseases by making potable water and secure food.” He was of the opinion that the conference would help learn international knowledge and utilise it for finding solutions to the problems being faced by the local communities.”
He said that he had directed all departments to hold at least one international conference every year besides a national conference after six months and seminars every month. The VC stressed a need for promoting higher education culture in the country. He said, “All of us should endeavour to become part of global academic culture.” He said that the conference brought people on different paradigms and issues together which was likely to open new avenues for progress and prosperity.
Speaking on the occasion, conference organiser Dr Saed Akhtar said that the ratio of diseases outbreak was very high in Pakistan and research was needed to locate the causes and control the situation. He proposed that the death due to epidemics should be recorded and investigated into so that future plans to avert disease outbreak could be evolved. He said that drug and food testing labs be provided with equipment to check the micro biological quality of the food. Later on, the VC distributed shields to the conference organisers.

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