LAHORE Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof Tariq Salahuddin has said that the vaccine for dengue virus has not been invented in the world and preventive measures should be adopted for safety from this disease. Briefing the newsmen on Sunday about the healthcare facilities provided at the Lahore General Hospital, he said that despite the fact that dengue was new disease the doctors, nurses, social organisations, media and all the departments have done excellent work and all the stakeholders deserve praise over their role in fighting against dengue. Tariq Salahuddin said 262,950 people visited the LGH from September 1 to 8 and 168,686 out of them suspected dengue patients. He said that free CBC of 188,725 patients was conducted and out of them 5,325 were admitted and treated, adding that 5,024 patients were discharged after recovery and only 263 are under treatment at present. He said to confirm the dengue virus, elisa tests of 1,800 patients were conducted. Due to the extraordinary care of patients by the doctors and nurses, only 0.76 per cent death rate was found, he added. He said that with the consultation of Sri Lankan and Indonesian experts and senior faculty members of the hospital, the administration prepared a strategy for the next year to deal with dengue. He said that Sri Lankan and Indonesian teams termed the facilities for the treatment of dengue fever high standard especially the high dependency ICU for the patients of dengue. He said that more than 400 beds were specified for the dengue patients and classes of nurses and dispensers were suspended and they were deputed on the duty to take care the dengue patients. He said all the resources had been utilised for the treatment of dengue patients and steps of the Punjab health department caused decrease in the rush of the patients that would further reduce in coming days when the temperature come down. Meanwhile, Gulberg Town Emergency Response Committee Acting Chairman MPA Mian Mohsin Latif has said that vast areas of Pakistan Railways are breeding places of dengue mosquito which can only be eliminated through a comprehensive programme for which 100 percent cooperation of people is required. These views were expressed by him while inspecting the breeding places of mosquito at Pakistan Railway Diesel Shed and Achantgarh Mughalpura in connection with dengue awareness campaign here on Sunday. MPA Nighat Sheikh, Member Chief Ministers Inspection Team Tahir Yousaf, former councilor Malik Imran and officers and staff of WASA, Solid Waste Management and Gulberg Town administration accompanied him. Latif said that manhole, sewerage lines, water in open vessels, garbage and debris are breeding places of mosquito. He said that awareness should be created among the people regarding elimination of mosquitoes from these places. Otherwise, in case of negligence from this menace, the entire nation will have to fight against dengue virus for many years. He said that government was making efforts round the clock for the eradication of dengue and in order to get rid of this menace, people will have to take effective measures in this regard. He said that Gulberg Town administration besides distributing pamphlets for awareness against dengue among public is also removing filth and drying the stagnant water. Meanwhile, Nishter Town Dengue Control Committee Chairman MNA Naseer Bhutta has said that on the directions of Chief Minister, elected representative have created awareness about dengue virus among the masses and we will overcome this fatal disease soon. However, he said that every member of the society has to play its due role to eliminate dengue virus as the Punjab government is utilising its all resources for this purpose. He said that Chief Ministers Qadam Barho, Dengue Mukao campaign was achieving success with the cooperation of students, youth, party workers and common citizens and the campaign was continued. He asked the people to use full sleeve shirts and change their life style to avoid dengue fever. He expressed these views while addressing the people on the eve of awareness campaign at Kuctha jail road Chungi Amer Sidhu. MPA Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Dr Asad Ashraf, Ch Shahbaz Ahmad and ex-MPA Rana Mubashar Iqbal were also present on the occasion. Naseer Bhutta appealed to the shopkeepers and residents that water should not be stagnant at streets and roads.