World Malaria Day marked in TUF

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A seminar on World Malaria Day was organized by the department of Community Medicine, UMDC on April 25, 2018. Speaking on the occasion Chief Guest Pro Rector TUF (Health Sciences Campus) Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed focused on the concept of Advocacy in prevention and control of Malaria. Guest of Honor Dr Asif Shahzad District Health Officer Faisalabad talked about the different strategies used to prevent and diagnose malaria in Faisalabad district. He added that P vivax was main specie of malarial parasite prevalent in Pakistan and frequency of P falciparum was far less than P vivax. Prof Dr Zahid Masood talked about the preventive tools including Vector control and community participation. He further added that vaccine against malaria was available only for two Sub Saharan African countries where frequency and mortality of malaria was exponentially high. Drug resistance was a big challenge in managing cases of malaria, Dr Masood said. Referring to a study he added that malaria was more prevalent in interior Sindh, KPK and Baluchistan especially along borders of Iran and Afghanistan. In Punjab due to better vector control measures and political will disease was predominantly observed in only three districts. Prof Arif Hussian, Dr Uzma Sagheer and Ms Aqsa Azeem also spoke on the occasion. Large number of faculty members and students participated in the seminar to mark the world malaria day. After the seminar Prof Dr Zahid Masood and Dr Asif Shahzad went live on educational radio channel of the University FM 96.6 and spoke with reference to malaria day.