A THREE-DAY residential training programme on Biological Monitoring, Analysis & Quality Assurance at the School of Public Health, PGI, concluded on Saturday. The workshop, jointly organised by the Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, began on Thursday.
A PGI statement said the training aimed at building the capacity of participants to initiate bio-monitoring in their respective state laboratories or research institutes to monitor and control the pollution of water bodies like lakes, ponds and rivers. During the workshop, Dr Suman Mor mentioned that biological monitoring analysis supplements the analytical results and reflects a biologically relevant pattern of exposure in natural aquatic habitats. “Biological monitoring allows to know ecosystems’ dynamics and also serves as support in the conservation, management and sustainable use of natural resources,” she said.
Dr Ravindra Khaiwal of PGI emphasised the incidence of fish diseases along with their mass mortality due to environmental stress caused by toxicants and pathogens leading to gradual extinction of aquatic organisms. Dr S K Tyagi, Director and Head Air Toxics, Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, chaired the valedictory session and stressed on the implementation of water safety plans to ensure adequate water quality by protecting water supply systems from hazards, which may lead to the outbreak of a disease.
“During the three-day training over various issues related to microbiology of water and wastewater, bacteriological examination of water, biomonitoring of rivers and lakes, toxicity assessment, quality control and quality assurance were covered. The workshop provided hands on training on biological monitoring, bacteriological examination of water and wastewater,” said the statement.