LAHORE - One more dengue patient died at a local hospital on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the province to 13 including 09 in Lahore.  Shoaib Akram, 24, a resident of Sanat Nagar breathed his last at Services Hospital Lahore. As many as 70 more were tested positive for dengue including 44 in Lahore.

Addressing a meeting to review dengue situation through video conference, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said anti-dengue campaign will continue till complete elimination. “Elected representatives showing outstanding performance in the drive against dengue will not only be awarded commendatory certificates but also given additional development funds” he said.

The chief minister said that there is no room for showing laxity or dereliction in the campaign against dengue. He said that side-by-side anti-dengue campaign, drive against polio should also be initiated and it should be ensured that every child is administered polio drops. He said that a clean and healthy atmosphere is of vital importance for elimination of dengue and other diseases, therefore, shifting of cattle barns from Rawalpindi city and a permanent solution to this problem be found and administration should make comprehensive planning and submit a report. He said that he is personally keeping an eye on dengue situation in the province and obtaining moment to moment report.

A dengue counter, set up at Outdoor Patients Department of Lahore General Hospital, will remain functional during holidays of 9th and 10th Muharram and Sunday.  Chairing a meeting held at LGH to review dengue arrangements, Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and LGH Prof Anjum Habib Vohra said that staff of Works department, sanitary inspectors and lab technicians would not be allowed any leave till November 30. Professors, MS Dr Amjad Shahzad and administrative doctors attended the meeting.

Prof Vohra directed the doctors deputed at Blood Bank to keep ample stock of blood during Ashura days. He directed improvement in cleanliness conditions in the hospital to provide healthy atmosphere to the patients and their attendants. He said that the performance of administrative doctors on additional duties was being monitored on daily basis.

The meeting was informed that portable ex-ray machines have been provided at the beds of dengue patients. Additional beds have been placed in Emergency Ward in order to ensure first medical aid to Azadar.