Bio-safety labs to be established in teaching hospitals

Staff Reporter

Lahore—On the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Bio-Safety Labs-2(BSL-2) are being set up in all teaching hospitals as well as the existing laboratories would also be up-graded. Laboratory tests of infectious diseases including Congo would be conducted in these laboratories.
It was stated by the Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq while presiding over a meeting of professors of microbiology of the medical colleges/ teaching hospitals at civil secretariat on Wednesday. Besides Special Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Dr. Sajid Chohan, Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Salman Shahid, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, MS Mayo Hospital Dr. Amjad Shehzad, Chief Bacteriologist Punjab (IPH) Prof
` Zarfishan Tahir, Consultant Dr. Tahir Yaqub and professors of microbiology of the medical colleges attended the meeting. Participating professors briefed the meeting about the requirements for establishing BSL-2 in their medical colleges, capacity of the existing laboratories and technical aspects of the laboratory. Kh. Salman Rafiq directed that a comprehensive report of individual medical college/ teaching hospital would be prepared keeping in view the available resources and equipments.
He said that this would be analyzed that how much work for setting up BSL-2 could be completed with the available resources and how much resources are further required for this purpose.

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