OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal has said that Punjab government along with the media and the masses has fought out dengue successfully with a great sense of responsibility and hard work which would be a glorious chapter of national history. Speaking at a ceremony held at Lahore General Hospital on Tuesday for distribution of certificates among physicians who participated in dengue awareness programme, he said that doctors, nurses and paramedical staff proved their ability and commitment by working hard day and night. The speaker distributed certificates among the doctors who successfully completed dengue training programme. PGMI Principal Prof Tariq Salahuddin, Medical Superintendent Dr Zafar Ikram, Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, Prof Jawad Zahir and Prof Agha Shabbir were also present. Rana Iqbal said that medical experts of Sri Lanka and Indonesia have also recognised the talent of doctors by saying that the war against dengue which they won after the struggle of 30 years, Pakistani doctors have won it within just two months. Prof Tariq Sallahuddin said that presently Punjab government was providing funds against 650 beds to LGH while 1100 beds medical facility was being provided to the patients. He said that during last two months a number of 220,000 patients were brought to the hospital while 244000 CBC tests were conducted. He said that 6235 patients were admitted to the hospital among them only 63 were left while other have gone to their homes after successful treatment. He said that training workshops, seminars and awareness walks were still continued in the hospital and solid strategy was being evolved to avoid spread of dengue virus during coming years. He said that posting of trained staff in hospitals was necessary to defeat dengue in future. He said that Chief Minister has finally eliminated dengue virus through his relentless efforts and commitment. However, it was need of the hour to continue the same spirit against dengue so that Lahore city could become dengue free next year.