A webinar on "Ramadan in the time of COVID-19" was here held on Tuesday
under the auspices of Disease Awareness and Prevention Society of
Government College University Lahore.
Eminent laparoscopic surgeon and motivational speaker Dr. Javaid Iqbal,
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi and clinical nutritionist Dr. Arooj
Gillani addressed the webinar attended online by a large number of faculty
members and students.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Javed Iqbal laid a stress on changing
lifestyles and eating habits, saying that public health during the pandemic
doesn't only require medical facilities, but also calls for changing their
lifestyles and social behaviors including dietary habits.
We've been destroying our eating habits for the last forty years, but the
COVID-19 has realized us about importance of homemade healthy eating and
active lifestyle to boost our immunity against the diseases, Dr. Javed
He also called upon the youth to stay positive in life, saying when you
think good, your body's defenses work better. He also shared stories of
people who converted lockdown into opportunity and set up successful online
Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi shared the journey of shifting from conventional to
online mode of teaching at GCU in a very short period of time; revising
1600 courses, changing assessment methodology and training teachers. He
said GCU teachers deserved special appreciation as many faculty members and
their families suffered from COVID19 but they continued teaching and did
not compromise on students' learning. He also said that Pakistani
universities cannot shy away from e-learning, it is the need of the hour
and the government needs to make heavy investments to improve internet
connectivity and online teaching systems.
Dr. Arooj talked about the importance of fasting and adopting healthy
eating habits in Sehr and Iftar.
The webinar was followed by a question answer session.