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PU organizes seminar on 'Media and Public Health'
PU organizes seminar on 'Media and Public Health'

LAHORE: (Friday, March 3, 2023): Punjab University Department of Film and Broadcasting has organized a seminar on ‘Media and Public Health’ in Hameed Nizami Hall here on Friday. On this occasion, Provincial Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Dr Jamal Nasir, PU VC Prof Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhtar, CEO Health Department Dr Shoaib Garmani, Dean Faculty of Information Management and Media Studies Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood, Director School of Communication Sciences Prof Dr Noshina Saleem, Chairperson Department of Film and Broadcasting Prof Dr Lubna Zaheer, faculty members and students were present. In his speech, Dr Nasir Jamal said that the media needs to play an active role in eradicating diseases. He said that politics is being discussed on TV channels every evening, but no one talks about the problems of the poor. He said that if the problems and diseases of the poor were not discussed in the media, the problems would not be solved. He said that the work of doctors was to inspire against diseases on TV and 90 percent of diseases were preventable with precautionary measures. He said that the Muslims ruled the world as long as they gave priority to knowledge. He said that there was a huge hue and cry when Covid 19 attacked the rich but there is no discussion about the diseases from which millions of the poor people are dying. He said that nobody cares about hepatitis, diarrhea and pneumonia and other such diseases from which the poor people were suffering. He said that ideal hospitals could have been built with the money wasted on COVID 19 testing. Dr Niaz said that the caretaker government was doing excellent work despite limited resources. He appreciated the role of Dr Jamal Nasir in solving the problems of the health sector. He congratulated Dr Lubna Zaheer for organizing the awareness program and medical camp. Dr Khalid Mahmood said that media students would play a role in solving health problems. Dr Lubna Zaheer announced a film competition to highlight health issues. She said that media students would play their role in disease prevention as awareness could be created through media to solve health problems.