LAHORE :29 March: Two working groups from Chemical Engineering and Chemistry departments of University of Engineering and Technology, under the supervision of their deans, have produced multiple lines of sanitisers, liquid disinfectant soaps, herbal antiviral disinfectants, and alcohol-based sprays. The groups have produced these items according to the formulations recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO). The university has distributed sanitisers and disinfectant liquid soap among 163 international students who are living in the hostels, guards, and other essential staff. Three teams from Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering departments are working on the design and prototyping of cost effective ventilators. University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice Chancellor Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar had formed four working groups when the coronavirus pandemic started becoming serious and shortage of personal hygiene items and shortage of ventilators started becoming an issue all over the world. According to a press release these groups were given the tasks to start work on the local production of products on an urgent basis with the focus to help solve the ongoing problems related to COVID-19 as well as be useful in future under medical emergencies: gel hand sanitiser, disinfectant hand wash, face mask, and ventilator. Lab collection centre sealed: The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) on Saturday sealed a sample collection centre and suspended the services of a laboratory for violating the directions and using rapid testing instead of PCR of the suspected Covid-19 cases. It come to the notice of the PHC that Lab One was carrying out rapid diagnostics and serological tests – not considered up the standards – for detection of Covid-19. A PHC team sealed its collection centre in Garden Town whereas services were suspended at its main branch located on Multan Road. Earlier, the PHC had directed all the public and private laboratories to refrain from carrying out such testing as false-negative tests could lead to local transmission, which may result in a large scale outbreak. This was in pursuance to a letter from the Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department. It has issued this letter in the light of the recommendations of the National Institute of Health. The Institute has not recommended any such immunochromatographic or serological rapid screening tests for the diagnosis of Covid-19 infections. The NIH has endorsed only PCR-based testing for the detection of Covid-19. Moreover, the PHC has reiterated its earlier directions with regard to not using the rapid test methods for Covid-19. The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has been requested to direct the district health authorities to take action against the labs violating the directions. LGH helpline: Postgraduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Dr Al-Fareed Zafar has said the doctors of General Hospital will be available on Skype helpline also on Sunday for the medical advice and treatment of the patients. He said the people could get information round the clock on telelphone numbers 0429926808-09 regarding coronavirus. He said, “We could save ourselves by strictly implementing preventive measures so we have to play our individual role in this regard.The news.