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Seminar on “Diagnosis of MDR/XDR Typhoid its Management and Prevention of Infection in Pakistani Hospitals”
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The University of Lahore 1 - KM Defence Road, Lahore
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2MAY2019
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The University Institute of Medical Lab Technology (UIMLT), Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS) organized one day seminar entitled “Diagnosis of MDR/XDR Typhoid its Management and Prevention of Infection in Pakistani Hospitals” at the Lecture theatre # 2 on  May 2nd, 2019.  The principle objective of the seminar was to sensitize participants to take in time and appropriate actions for the prevention of typhoid fever.

The seminar was commenced at 9.00 AM which was followed by the recitation of the Holy Quran by Muhammad Nauman Khan and Hafiz Hamza Hayat and Syed Ammar Gilani recited Naat-e-Rasool-e-Maqbool.          

Addressing to the inaugural session of the seminar, Prof. Dr. Nazar Ullah Raja, Head of Department, UIMLT, FAHS, UOL provided  an overview of the  University Institute of Medical Lab Technology (UIMLT). In his address, Prof. Dr. Nazar Ullah Raja welcomed the invited speakers of the seminar, Dr. Altaf Ahmad, Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control, Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute and Research Centre, Lahore, Mr. Faheem Shahzad, Young Ambassador, American Society for Microbiology, Pakistan, and Mr. Imran Allah Loke, Infection Control Practitioner at Shaukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Altaf Ahmad rendered an informative overview of the topic “Diagnosis of MDR/XDR Typhoid and its Management”. Dr. Altaf Ahmad described the typhoid fever as a systematic illness (caused by Salmonella typhi usually through ingestion of contaminated food and water) endemic to many developing countries, including Pakistan. This multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar typhi (S. typhi) has been the main cause of enteric fever, but now S. typhi is being displaced by infections with drug-resistant S. enterica serovar paratyphi A. In addition to other diagnostic techniques, he emphasized on the accurate diagnosis of typhoid by detecting the pathogen in blood through  culturing method. He further elaborated that new conjugate vaccines are imminent and advanced treatments have been promised, but the engagement of local medical and public health institutions is needed in endemic areas to allow surveillance and to implement control measures.

Mr. Faheem Shahzad being the young ambassador of American Society for  Microbiology (ASM), introduced the American Society for Microbiology to  the budding, communicated explicitly free ASM membership opportunities for microbiologists in Pakistan. He further enlightened the participants that ASM members can avail scholarships, travel grants to attend ASM conferences, participate in Agar Art Competition and can initiate the ASM student chapter to promote the educational and research culture in Pakistan by offering educational and professional opportunities to students interested in the field of Microbiology and Life Sciences. He also illuminated the participant on spillage management to deal with any incident of biohazardous spillage in the laboratory while dealing with them. In addition, he accentuated on the quality control of biosafety cabinets by elaborating its installation, certification, validation and performance testing.

Mr. Imran Allah Loke, Infection Control Practitioner at Shaukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore shared  the importance of hand washing and asserted that hand hygiene is now regarded as an absolute element of infection control activities. He showed a video on hand hygiene and invited volunteers for the demonstration of hand washing.

 At the end of  the seminar, Prof. Dr. Syed Amir Gilani, worthy Dean FAHS, the University of Lahore presented vote of thanks. Distinguished speakers were awarded shields and certificates of appreciation by  Prof. Dr. Syed Amir Gilani, Dean FAHS, and the Director Academics,  Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad, the University of Lahore followed by group photographs.

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