Visit Report: Public Health Society-MNSUAM to Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP), Punjab
On Saturday, the Public Health Society organized an educational trip to the Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP) in Lahore. The purpose of the visit was to gain insight into the remarkable work being done in the field of AIDS control by Dr. Atif Ali, Dr. Hasnain Javaid, and their team. This report outlines the comprehensive experience of the visit, focusing on PACP's leadership in the field, their advanced laboratory work, and their exceptional hospitality towards the students.
Arrival and Warm Welcome:
The society arrived in Lahore at 12 pm, where they were warmly welcomed by Dr. Atif Ali, Dr. Hasnain Javaid, and their team. The PACP team displayed exceptional hospitality, ensuring the students felt welcomed and valued from the moment they arrived.
Overview of PACP's Leadership in AIDS Control:
The visit to PACP provided a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the ground-breaking work being conducted by the institution. PACP is at the forefront of AIDS control in Punjab and is recognized for its significant contributions in the field. Under the guidance of Dr. Atif Ali and Dr. Hasnain Javaid, PACP has established itself as a leading institution in the diagnosis, surveillance, and management of HIV/AIDS.
Advanced Laboratory Work:
The highlight of the visit was the tour of PACP's advanced laboratory facilities. The students had the privilege of witnessing the state-of-the-art Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab, where cutting-edge research and diagnostics are conducted.
The BSL-3 lab at PACP is designed with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring maximum biosafety and preventing contamination. The lab's biosafety features include specialized materials and protocols to minimize the risk of microbial growth and cross-contamination. The walls of the lab are painted with microbial resistance paints, providing an added layer of protection.
Within the lab, different sections are dedicated to specific tasks. The serology section utilizes automated instruments such as Elisa analyzers for efficient testing of samples. The molecular section is equipped with PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machines, which allow for the detection and monitoring of infectious diseases. Laminar flow cabinets provide a sterile working environment, while refrigerators and ultra-low temperature storage units maintain the integrity of blood samples and bacteria cultures.
Moreover, PACP's lab incorporates advanced technologies for genetic analysis, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) machines. These instruments enable in-depth genetic characterization and surveillance of infectious agents.
Learning Experience and Student Engagement:
The visit to PACP provided the students with a unique learning experience that went beyond the classroom. The dedicated staff and scientists at PACP actively engaged with the students, sharing their expertise and answering their questions. The students gained valuable insights into the field of AIDS control, including the detection, diagnosis, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
During the lab tour, the students observed the sample processing room, where only authorized personnel wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were allowed. They witnessed the meticulous procedures followed to ensure sample safety, including the use of a pass box system for transferring samples.
PACP's scientists demonstrated the use of advanced diagnostic instruments, emphasizing their role in accurate disease detection and monitoring. The students witnessed the importance of biosafety practices in safeguarding both laboratory personnel and the community from potential hazards.
Hospitality Extended by Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP):
PACP displayed exceptional hospitality throughout the visit, ensuring the students felt valued and appreciated. As a token of appreciation, PACP presented each student with thoughtful gifts, symbolizing their commitment to fostering a positive and engaging learning experience. Additionally, PACP hosted a lunch for the students, providing an opportunity for informal interactions and further enhancing the sense of camaraderie. They have also committed to provide the internship to our students.
The visit to the Punjab AIDS Control Program was a remarkable and enlightening experience for the students of the Public Health Society-MNSUAM. PACP's leadership in the field of AIDS control, their advanced laboratory facilities, and their exceptional hospitality left a lasting impression on the students.