THE Second Diabetes Nursing Education Programme held at the Lahore General Hospital has been concluded on Monday.

More than 50 nurses from various hospitals of Lahore were given certificates during a function wherein Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik, Ex. Principal King Edward Medical College University, was the chief guest. Prof. Ghayyas-un-Nabi Tayyab, Sugar Specialist Dr. Imran Hassan Khan, Principal LGH Nursing School Ishrat Ishaque and other doctors were present.

Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik, while addressing the participants, said that about 10% of Pakistanis were suffering from diabetes and if a rigorous awareness campaign about diabetes was not launched then this figure may touch 20% by 2025. He said that habits of physical exercise, balance food and walk could be effective preventive measures against this disease. He also said that nursing staff and paramedics must also be well aware about the treatment procedures of diabetes. He said Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was trying his level best to fight out disease including dengue and he must be well supported by the media, ulema, civil society and general masses. Prof. Mahmood Ali Malik appreciated the LGH administration for launching a website about dengue and termed it an effective step against the menace.

Sugar Specialist Dr. Imran Hassan Khan said that Sugar Centre established at LGH had been computerised to save the data of patients. He also informed the media that all patients, approaching Sugar Foot Care System, were being provided with free of cost facilities. Prof. Ghayyas-un-Nabi also addressed the participants. Later, certificated were distributed among nurses.

Mental health week at GCU: “Mental Health Week,” aimed at highlighting the latest trends and researches in the field of developmental psychology, started at the Government College University (GCU) here on Monday.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman inaugurated the event which began with a poster competition held at the varsity’s Abdus Salam Hall. Around 200 students from 13 educational institutions took part in the competition and put on display 181 posters which highlighted the miseries of people due to unemployment, load-shedding, poverty, gender-violence, injustice, illiteracy and religious prejudice and effect of these factors on people’s mental health. The posters were inscribed with interesting and through-provoking headlines such as ‘The Infection Connection,’ ‘Crossing Eternal Peace,’ ‘Misspelled Morality’ and’ Tug-of-peace.’

Prof Khaleeq ur Rhaman said the competition was aimed at mobilising students to find ways to help the nation in combating negative social trends. He appreciated the artwork of the students, saying the artistic expression was best way to create awareness among people.

Later he gave away prizes and certificates to the winners of the competition. The students of Government College for Women, Samanabad, secured the first position for their poster titled “Identity” while GC University, Lahore and Lahore Garrison University secured the second and third positions, respectively. A two-day International Conference on Development Psychology, which is going to be kicked off on Tuesday (today), is also part of the week-long activities.