LAHORE Punjab Health Department has established provincial and regional surveillance and epidemic response cells to provide technical assistance to the districts regarding prevention and control of common infections and epidemics of gastroenteritis, malaria, measles, dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever during the rainy season. The Cell will work directly under the supervision of Director General Health Punjab. The Director Health will be the convener of the Cell while Additional Director Health Malaria and Additional Director Health Education will be its members. The Cell would visit the affected areas in collaboration with the Regional Surveillance / Epidemic Response Centres established at each medical college to provide backup technical support and medical kits as well as human resource. Regional Surveillance and Epidemic Response Cells have been established at each medial college to cater the needs of the attached districts to control epidemics of gastroenteritis, malaria, measles, dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever. Head of Pathology Department of the concerned medical college would be the convener of the Cell whereas head of the department of community medicine, one professor of medicine and one professor of paediatrics of the same college would be the members of the Cell. Health Department, keeping in view the forecast of 10 per cent access rains as compared to the last year expected in coming monsoon season, has directed all the district officers of health department as well as Surveillance and Epidemic Response Cells to remain on high alert to cope with any eventuality. The EDOs Health and DOH have been directed to give special attention to the high risk areas especially the flood affected districts of the previous year. The department has also directed the officers to remain in close contact with the authorities of the department and send a report accordingly. GCU blood donation camp today The Government College University Lahore Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) is settings a day-long 'Blood Donation Camp on Wednesday (today) for the children suffering Thalassemia and other blood-related diseases. The Society has pasted poster notices carrying messages like Donate Blood, Save Lives throughout the university campus to attract the students to the Camp. GCU BDS President Fahad Tahir said they are expecting a good positive response as they informed the students about the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives.