Dr Mohammed Zulqurnain, currently serving as District Health Program Coordinator for Epidemics Control (Faisalabad District), gave a brief overview of Pakistan’s malaria control program. He shared his field experience with the audience and highlighted data & protocols regarding house surveys in the Faisalabad district which serve as part of the larvae control measures being applied among the high-risk populations. He educated the audience about the measures necessary to prevent mosquito bites. On this occasion, Prof Dr Mirza Akaml Sharif, Head of Medicine Department at Madinah Teaching Hospital (MTH) Faisalabad, shared the disease burden of malaria in the community. He enlightened the audience about the new treatment modalities used for the treatment of this debilitating disease. He further shared his international experience with innovative strategies used in the developed world to control the Anopheles mosquito (malaria spreading mosquito).
Miss Rashida Nasreen serving as District Entomologist for control of malaria program in District Health Authority gave a comprehensive presentation to the audience on vector control measures for larvae detection in stagnant water. She highlighted the utilization of rapid malaria kits for early detection of malaria. She reinforced the measures necessary to prevent the mosquito bite. Speaking on the occasion, Assoc Prof Dr Sumera Riaz, Head of Community Medicine Department at University Medical & Dental College, said that aim of today’s seminar was to bridge the gap between academia, fieldwork, and clinical work. She further added that No single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria.
World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines, and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria. 4th MBBS students enthusiastically participated in the seminar through awareness videos and posters display about the symptoms, diagnosis, and prevention of malaria.