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GCU Research Wins Ist Prize At Dengue Conference

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LAHORE– The Government College University Lahore Zoology Department’s research on “transfection of locally isolated Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti” has won the first prize and cash award of Rs100,000- at the international conference on “Dengue Prevention and Control” organized by the Punjab government here at a local hotel.

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid handed over the cash award to principal researcher Prof. Dr. Nusrat Jahan at the concluding ceremony of the conference held under the auspices of provincial Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department.

Giving details of the research, Prof. Jahan said that this transfection was aimed at blocking the transmission of dengue virus to humans through its bite. She said that Wolbachia made the mosquito incapable of carrying and transmitting dengue virus.

Prof Jahan believed this process was only possible way to completely eradicate dengue from Pakistan, though it would take time as it was a very complex process.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi congratulated Prof. Jahan and her team on winning the award at this prestigious international conference.

He said dengue was becoming an epidemic in Pakistan with over 400 deaths since 2006. In 2019, more than 47000 thousands positive cases including 75 deaths from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces indicated an alarming situation with tremendous risk of future epidemics in Pakistan. Prof. Zaidi said that that the university would provide every possible support to Zoology Department for their research.— PRESS RELEASE