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Cough syrup report expected shortly: CM.

LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Saturday directed the had authorities concerned discharged their duties properly after deaths in Lahore due to the cough syrup, the regrettable incidents in Gujranwala could have been avoided.

Chairing a meeting at Model Town here, he said the samples of syrup had been dispatched abroad for test and the report was expected shortly, asserting that responsibility would be fixed properly in the light of report of British laboratory and action would be taken against the guilty people.

The Chief Minister said the loss of human lives due to the syrup was very unfortunate, adding that had Punjab Health Department discharged its duties with responsibility, such unfortunate incidents could have been averted. "Human life is very precious and every possible effort should be made to protect it," he added. Punjab Health Department should have to play its vital role in preventing such lamentable incidents in future, he said and added that an effective mechanism was direly needed to test the raw materials used in the preparation of medicines.

He said that an effective check and balance system should also be adopted from preparation to supply of medicines.

The Chief Minister ordered the authorities concerned to submit a report in two days on the implementation of decisions taken regarding the Punjab Institute of Cardiology's medicine case. The meeting was told that whole stock of cough syrups and materials used in their preparation had been confiscated from markets across the province and no further case had been reported.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Special Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique and officers of related departments also attended the meeting.

International course on molecular medicine from Jan 7

KARACHI: An International Symposium-Cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research will be held from January 7 to 10 at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Karachi University.

An official of the institution informed that over 350 scientists including 30 researchers from 15 countries will be attending the event being organised by Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi.

Director ICCBS Prof Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary on Friday presided over a meeting of the symposium's organising committee at HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi.

He said that the aim of the event was to develop understanding and appreciation of this emerging field (Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) in Pakistan, to bring together the leading experts in the field of molecular medicine.

It was informed that the inaugural ceremony of the molecular event will be held on January 7 at nine am at Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium-ICCBS.

The Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof. Dr Muhammad Qaiser, will perform the inauguration of the symposium while Coordinator General COMSTECH and former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, will be the guest of honour at the occasion.

Besides, Dean Faculty of Science Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, Managing Trustee Muhammad Hussain Punjwani Trust Nadra Punjwani and Dr. Asmat Saleem will also express their views in the inaugural ceremony, he added.

He said that the scientific programme of the symposium includes plenary and invited lectures by eminent scientists and poster presentations by young scholars from 15 countries of the world.

The training sessions will focus on developing concepts of molecular medicines and its applications in understanding diseases at the molecular levels. These sessions will be conducted by international experts.
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Date:Jan 6, 2013
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